Deputy Mike Adcox drives down Highway 70 in Dickson County, Tennessee, every day, but he was off the clock and returning home from a high school bonfire on Sept. 10 when he saw Darrell Ehmke flagging him down.
“I wanted to stop anyone who could help,” Ehmke told WKRN.
A pickup truck driven by Bradley Heller had crashed in front of Ehmke’s home and caught fire -- with 8-month-old Benton trapped inside.
Heller, who had somehow lost control of the vehicle, was thrown from truck. Benton was pinned between his car seat and the back of his truck.
“Get the baby out, you know. That’s all I could think about,” said Adcox, who used his pocket knife to cut the baby free.
“The way he was wedged in there I couldn’t get his legs out,” Adcox said. “Finally I just grabbed him by his arm and just yanked him out as hard as I could.”
Kristin Hollis, Benton’s mother and Heller’s fiance, said Heller suffered a collapsed lung, broken hip and femur, a punctured spleen and facial fractures. Though Benton suffered a partially collapsed lung, a broken arm, a laceration across his liver and a skull injury, he is expected to recover.
In a statement, Hollis said: “To Deputy Adcox, I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving my boys. I can’t even put into words really how truly grateful I am, that even when [you're] not on duty you put your life on the line to help others. You didn’t just help them, you saved their lives. You not only saved the love of my life but also my precious 8 month old son and I will forever be in your debt.”
“I just happened to be at the right spot at the right time," Adcox said. "God’s hand, you know; he put me where he need me.”
The cause of the accident is under investigation. According to an earlier report from WKRN, Heller was not wearing a seatbelt at the time.