BOSSIER CITY, LA (KTBS ) — A deputy and a deputy’s wife were recognized recently for going above and beyond to save lives.
Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington presented Deputy John McClain and nurse Jeri Ebarb with Life Saving Awards during a recent Christmas banquet.
McClain acted quickly to save a man from being hit by a train in Bossier City. He spotted the man sitting on the tracks as a train approached. In McClain’s mind was an incident months before when he said a man committed suicide not too far away by being on the train tracks.
“I had only had like three to five seconds to act, so I grabbed him by his armpits and just pulled him out of the way of the train,” said McClain.
Ebarb, who works as a nurse at Willis Knighton, was checking on one of her mother’s friends, Carl Williams, when she noticed he needed medical attention.
“When I got to the house, I looked at Carl, and I immediately told him to get into the car, I am taking you to the hospital,” said Ebarb.
On the way to the hospital, Williams had a heart attack. Ebarb pulled over and gave him CPR in the parking lot of a store. Three men helped to get him out of the car, and then took turns giving him chest compressions until EMS arrived.
Williams is now recovering. “She kept me alive and I am indebted to her for the rest of my life,” said Williams.
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