KAUFMAN COUNTY–Awards dominated the Jan. 14 meeting of the Kaufman County Commissioners Court as members of the East Fork Trinity Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution gathered in full regalia to honor deputy Conner Martin for heroism.
Martin, whose rescue of 59-year-old Michael Pierce was captured on his body-cam as well as by passersby, was only four months out of the academy when he responded to a wreck Dec. 4 on Interstate 20 outside of Terrell.
Pierce was reported to be traveling to an area hospital to see his son when his truck collided with the back of a semitrailer and caught on fire. Several good Samaritans and passersby stopped to aid Pierce with fire extinguishers, but he remained trapped in the front seat as flames began to engulf his feet.
Deputy Martin made several attempts to free Pierce from the crumpled dashboard as the cabin filled with smoke. Martin worked tirelessly to free the man, finally moving the dash panel and pulling him to safety.
Pierce was airlifted with non-life-threatening injuries and Deputy Martin was checked out by paramedics and went on to finish his shift. Reports say that Martin does not consider himself a hero.
But the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office does and so do the Sons of the American Revolution. Sheriff Bryan Beavers accepted the medal and certificate for the deputy who insists he was "in the right place at the right time to be able to help the man."
County Judge Hal Richards congratulated the Kaufman County Clerk’s Office for their 12th Exemplary Five Star Award by the State of Texas Department of State Health Services and the Vital Statistics Division. The award honors counties who go above and beyond the duties of birth and death registration by attending trainings and keeping up with the latest legislation and trends.
Kaufman County Clerk Laura Hughes has been persistent in moving her office to digital records and commends her team for their outstanding work.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved a variance for septic property at 9186 CR 4095 in Pct. 4.
• accepted monthly collections reports Dec. 2018, Indigent Healthcare Quarterly Report, Auditor’s Monthly Reports for Sept. 2018 and Dec. 2018, Auditor’s Quarterly Reports for quarters ending Sept. 2018 and Dec. 2018.
• approved claims for payment totaling $910,722.42.