Some people know what their hero looks like. But 24 year old Teal Bloodworth has never seen hers, "I felt like I'd known him my whole life. And I really didn't."
In the early morning hours 7 years ago, off duty, out of his area, Scott Smith drove across something that would change his life. "I guess the good Lord said, turn around and go back," Scott explained. "When I looked through the fence, I heard her groan. I could see that there was somebody down there."
After wrecking her Jeep, Teal, a 16 year old at the time, had been lying on the ground- hurt and alone- for 6 hours in freezing temperatures. Her accident caused severe injuries to her brain and left her blind. "If he wouldn't have stopped, they might not have even found me," Teal said.
A year later, Scott walked Teal across her graduation stage. But she's not the only one who leans on the man she lovingly calls "Just an old country boy."
With 28 years of service as a firefighter in Moseleyville, as well as being a certified EMT, Scott has had opportunities to help others almost every day, "I'm just doing what the good lord gave me talents to do - to help people, save people if i can." He does it all as a volunteer, "At the end, they say, 'thanks for what you do.' That's our pay."
So we say "Thank you" and salute Scott Smith, serving his community Behind the Badge.
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