KATY, Texas – Two off-duty deputy constables are being hailed as heroes after they helped rescue a driver from an overturned car that was submerged in a ditch along Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road.
According to the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office, Lt. Shawn Sayers and Deputy Constable Phil Crowell on their way home on May 27 when they saw the car in the ditch in the 5500 block of Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road. There was high water and flooding on the roadway and ditch because of heavy rainfall throughout the day.
After stopping to investigate the overturned vehicle, the deputies were told the vehicle had been in the ditch for a long period of time by a person at a nearby business.
Sayers removed his gun belt and went into the ditch to check the car to be sure that no one was inside, while Crowell began directing traffic, officials said.
Sayers found the driver of the vehicle trapped and barely able to breathe, with just his face, mouth, and nose above the waterline, officials said. The lieutenant immediately informed Crowell of the situation, who called the Katy Fire Department and the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said Sayers had to submerge himself in order to cut the seatbelt and extract the male driver from the vehicle.
“It is my belief that Lt. Sayers truly saved this patient's life from the rising water or shifting vehicle which would have ultimately resulted in a drowning victim," Katy Fire Department Assist. Fire Chief Kenneth Redding said.
Both Sayers and Crowell remained on the scene until the patient was transported to the hospital, while Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigated the accident.
Sayers has been commissioned with Constable Rob Cook's Office since November 2011 and Crowell since January 2013.
The driver's name is not known nor is his current status.