TxDoT workers receive awards for heroic efforts

From TxDoT and Staff Reports

Nov 26, 2007 - Two employees of Texas Department of Transportation’s Hopkins County Maintenance Office were recently honored for going the “extra mile” to help others.

Staff Photo by Angela PItts

 Hopkins County TxDoT maintenance office workers R.A. Horne and Brent Stinson were honored with TxDoT’s “Extra Mile Award” at the 81st Annual Short Course for their heroic actions.  Pictured left to right are Transportation Commission Chairman Ric Williamson, TxDoT Executive Director Amadeo Saenz, Horne, Stinson, and Transportation Commission members Ted Houghton and Fred Underwood.

R.A. Horne and Brent Stinson, both of Sulphur Springs, received the department’s Extra Mile Award during the 81st Annual Transportation Short Course at Texas A&M University at College Station.

Horne has been with TxDoT for more than nine years and is currently a sign technician. Stinson has been with TxDoT for three years and is a transportation maintenance technician.

Members of the Transportation Commission and TxDoT Executive Director Amadeo Saenz recognized the men for their heroic actions following a motor vehicle crash on State Highway 19 north of Sulphur Springs. 

The crash occurred in February. Horne and Stinson were reported to be returning to the local TxDoT office after a routine work day when the wreck occurred. The driver of the propane tanker braked too hard to avoid hitting a cattle trailer, lost control, struck an oncoming vehicle and then overturned, according to TxDoT reports.

Horne and Stinson stopped, and realizing that propane was leaking from the tanker, quickly took action to limit danger to others and assist the truck driver until other emergency responders could arrive.

�Stinson immediately began setting up traffic control and keeping additional motorists from approaching the scene,� TxDoT noted. Horne noticed the driver of the propane tanker was still inside and trapped. He ignored the �eminent threat,� and with the help of arriving Hopkins County Sheriff�s Deputy Heath Guy, managed to get the driver out of the vehicle safely away from the dangerous area,� transportation officials noted.

For their efforts, TxDoT awarded Horne and Stinson with the department’s Extra Mile Award, “presented annually to employees who cause a life to be saved while putting their own lives at risk in doing so and/or to employees who act in a heroic manner by putting their own lives at risk to prevent injuries or to diminish a situation judged to be potentially life-threatening.”

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