Morales receives DPS Life Saving Award

LIFE SAVERS — Local Texas Department of Public Safety patrolman Corporal T. Coy Morales and Harper residents John and Brenda Brown received Texas Department of Public Safety recognition for their efforts in saving the life of a crash victim on May 17 on Ranch-to-Market Road 783, south of Harper. Front row (from left) Sergeant Todd Jennings, Corporal Morales; Brenda Brown and John Brown, DPS director Steve McCraw; back row, Commissioners Carin Marcie Barth, (chairman); Cynthia Leon and Randy Watson.

Corporal T. Coy Morales, a Texas Department of Public Safety patrolman based in Fredericksburg, received a Life Saving Award at the Texas Department of Public Safety Commissioners meeting held Thursday, Oct. 17, in Austin.

Morales was recognized for his actions in helping to save the life of a motor vehicle crash victim late last spring.

On May 17, Morales arrived at a crash scene on Ranch-to-Market Road 783, south of Harper in Gillespie County, to find the driver slumped over the steering wheel.

The driver’s left arm had been severed, and, according to the trooper, was bleeding profusely.

Passersby John Brown, a DPS custodian in Kerrville, and his wife, Brenda, a registered nurse, who are Harper residents, helped Morales administer first aid, apply a tourniquet and keep the driver stable until an ambulance arrived, ultimately saving his life, Morales noted.

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