An off duty security guard in Irving, Texas is being hailed as a hero for recently for helping to rescue a police officer who was pinned inside of his car after being involved in a collision.
Officer Matt Bonner was working on a special traffic enforcement project when his car was directly hit on the driver’s side, trapping him inside. The accident happened at the intersection of Old Denton Road and Whitlock Lane shortly before 10:30 a.m.
Tim Bailey is an Irving security guard who was walking his dog nearby and saw the accident. Bailey said he heard Bonner try to radio for emergency help, but was groggy and losing consciousness. Apparently the dispatcher did try to radio back to check on Bonner, but he was too injured to respond. This is when Bailey leapt into action, grabbing the microphone to describe the urgent situation.
“Bonner is down, badly! Please come to Whitlock and Old Denton Road, right in the intersection,” the Good Samaritan said, adding: “Hang in there, officer.”
Carrollton police Lt. Doug Mitchell said hearing a civilian’s voice on a police radio is extremely rare and deeply troubling.
“When you hear that, it goes from zero to a hundred in a split-second,” he said.
Officer Bonner did lose consciousness, but suffered non-life threatening injuries and was last reported in stable condition after emergency personnel cut him out of his squad car. Authorities also say that the exact cause of the car accident is under investigation.
These kinds of stories involving a security officer who acted out of gut instinct to help save someone is a breath of fresh air compared to other stories of people in the PI and security world who you only see in the headlines for PR stunts they created or for being caught in some sort of unsavory and illicit conduct. These are the kinds of headlines that we should, as an industry, be far more used to seeing, instead of negative stories of our colleagues that are almost bad enough to make us hang our heads in shame.