Hometown Hero: Shannon Jeffers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After witnessing a crash, one man knew if he didn't jump in and help immediately, the accident had potential to escalate.

Shannon Jeffers logs many miles as a truck driver for R&L Carriers.

Back in October, he was on 3rd Avenue near 32nd Street in Huntington when he saw a Hummer crash into a pole.

"I just knew I had to do something," he said.

The driver had a medical issue and passed out behind the wheel.

"He had his foot on the gas pedal," Jeffers said. "I knew I had to get him out."

Jeffers got out of his truck and jumped into action.

"The doors were locked, and I had to break the windows out to get into his vehicle to put it in park so he wouldn't go any farther," he said.

Neighbors say if not for Jeffers intervening, the situation could've turned out much worse.

"I believe that Hummer would've kept coming into my parent's yard, into their vehicle, maybe into the end of their home or into my grandmother's home next door," neighbor Tara Davis said. "It could've been a very tragic situation."

"I believe I was in the right place at the right time," Jeffers said.

Crystal Drechney says her father was the one who passed out behind the wheel. She's grateful for this Good Samaritan who didn't hesitate to help.

"I can't express how appreciative I am," Drechney said. "I'd love to see him in person and give him a big old hug. A lot of people wouldn't stop in that situation, they'd just go on."

Jeffers says being alert on the road is just part of his job. Those he helped say he's without question their Hometown Hero.

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