CEDAR HILL (CBS11) – Hit by a suspected drunk driver, a North Texas man lost his leg and nearly his life had it not been for the actions of two Cedar Hill police officers.
Jason Bell was pouring gas into his broken-down vehicle when investigators said he was struck by an intoxicated driver near Pleasant Run Road and Joe Wilson Road.
“I just didn’t want to die. I didn’t want to let me son down,” said Bell.
While witnesses called 911 and requested an ambulance, two officers appeared on scene and started working to save the victim’s life.
“I told him he was like a human-form of an angel,” said Bell.
Officers Andrew Rhoden and Isai Chapa with the Cedar Hill Police Department did not have any wings, but they did have their police-issued tourniquets.
“For us, the only thing that matter was helping him out. Blood can be washed off. But once somebody is gone, they’re gone,” said Officer Isai Chapa.
One of the officers held Bell down, the other tightened the straps. Both men likely saved Bell’s life.
“He and I don’t think we did anything special. Everybody else in the department would have done the same thing,” said former Officer Andrew Rhoden, who just left the force to take a job outside of law enforcement last week.
Police arrested driver Pablo Lincoln. Investigators believe he was drunk when he smashed into Bell.
“If this is not the picture of courage, I don’t know what is,” said attorney Brian Mincher with Godsey Martin Law Firm. “This is a man who’s had his life horribly, horribly changed. He has been maimed for life. But he has as good of an attitude as you could possibly hope for anyone to have.”
Bell must now to learn to live without his right leg.
“It’s like you can go from normal one day and the next you struggling to take a bath. You’re struggling to just move,” said Bell.
What keeps Bell smiling? Knowing he still has his life and had two very special officers who were watching over him that fateful day that was nearly his last.
“There’s still good people out there on this earth,” said Bell.
Cedar Hill Police are one of the handful of department in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Officers said other departments are now looking into purchasing the affordable devices.
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