William Bright, a Mississippi police officer who came across a car crash on Sept. 21, has won praise from colleagues and his family for his determination to remain by the side of a dying man.
Anthony Boone was killed when his SUV careened off the road, and burst into flames, WAPT reported. Bright discovered Boone trapped in his car, and he took the man’s hand during his last moments of life.
“I hated to get out and leave that man,” Bright told WAPT. "I did everything I could to save that man. I’m really feeling it.”
Bright said the crash was one of the worst he’d seen in his 16 years of service.
“I noticed a truck down in the woods facing eastward with his lights on,” Bright added. “I got up in the vehicle with him. I grabbed his arm again. I took another deep look at how he was pinned in there, then the vehicle started on fire.”
An emergency crew soon arrived and blocked off traffic. Both Bright and the AMR used fire extinguishers to try to put out the fire.
"There were 18-wheelers which had stopped," Bright said. "They gave them their fire extinguishers.”
However, officers could not extinguish the blaze.
“I took him by the hand and I told him I was going to be there with him,” Bright said. "I stayed until he started burning."
Bright has reached out to Boone’s family and offered to speak with any of them about his sudden death, according to Mad World News.
“When you put this badge on, there’s a lot more to being a police officer,” Bright told WAPT. "First off, you have to love people. I don’t have a problem with that."