Deputy honored for saving driver from burning car

BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) - "X" marks the spots on these two trees where an out of control car came off the road, burst into flames and a deputy sprang into action.

William Sims patrols Fair Road almost every night. He was talking to a Statesboro Police officer on a side street when they heard the crash.

The dash camera recorded the flames from the engine and Sims and the officer rushing to the car. A passerby couldn't get the damaged door to open.

"And when I broke the car window, he reached in and forced the door handle open and that's when we snatched him out," said Bulloch County Sheriff's Office Senior Deputy William Sims.

Sims and the Statesboro Police officers moved the unconscious person to safety before the ambulance got there. The sheriff's office will recognize Sims with their Lifesaver Award. His bosses say this shows the often unseen part of law enforcement.

"Even at two o'clock in the morning, you've got people performing acts like this on a daily basis somewhere in this country," said Bulloch County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jared Akins.

But Sims retreats from the title "hero"

"I'm no hero. Just doing my job. That's what I'm here for," Sims said.

Deputy Sims says he's never had to do something like this in the line of duty and he hopes he never has to again.

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