EARLY— Early Police Officer Andre Smoot received the Early Lifesaving Award pin for his role in saving a man’s life during truck-on-pedestrian accident outside of Humphrey Pete’s restaurant in February.
The accident occurred Feb. 3 when a friend of Joseph Haynes, a Coleman resident and KSTA radio personality, accidentally struck him with a pickup truck while attempting to park the vehicle, pinning him under the truck and severing his femoral artery.
Smoot’s swift actions in applying his department-issued tourniquet to Haynes’ severely lacerated save the life of Haynes, who attended Tuesday’s ceremony to thank him.
“The last time I saw the officer, we were in a different setting,” Haynes said. “He said ‘I’m going to apply this tourniquet to your leg and it’s going to hurt.’ We had a laugh about that. I found out later from your police chief that it was not too long before that the Early City Council moved to have the officers have emergency tourniquets available on their belts. Had he not had that, I probably would not be standing here today.”
On scene paramedics transported Haynes to John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth, where he had the lower part of his left leg amputated due to severe blood loss and nerve damage. Three months later, his family stood as they and surrounding attendees applauded Smoot for his actions. Also in attendance were Seth Dole, who originally lent his belt to prevent further loss of blood, and Lifeguard EMS Chief Chris Furry, who was one of the arriving paramedics.
“When we leave here tonight, I’m taking my family to Humphrey Pete’s and I’m going to make it up those stairs,” Haynes said. “I want to thank you guys for awarding Officer Smoot. It’s a recognition he greatly deserves.”
City councilors also:
Approved a resolution authorizing continued work with a steering committee serving multiple municipalities regarding the services of Atmos Energy. Approved a resolution authorizing continued work with a steering committee serving multiple municipalities regarding the services of ONCOR. Took no action regarding right-of-way access line rates Heard a report by Early City Administrator Tony Aaron.