Hughes and Coleman Hometown Hero: Joshua Watt

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BROWNSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Sitting inside the Edmonson County Courthouse, Joshua Watt describes the scene of a brutal truck crash.

"When he got into the intersection and tried to make his turn, it flipped up on it's side and then slid on it's side until it hit the curb."

What started as a routine afternoon for the off-duty probation officer ended with people hailing him as a hero.

"I went to the passenger's side and could see the young lady restrained in her seat belt, trying to get out. I got underneath the guardrail and got my knife out and cut her seat belt loose and pulled her from the car."

That passenger was the daughter of Robert Gore, a father who today says he'll never be able to repay Officer Watt for his quick action.

"He went above and beyond. God put him at the right place at the right time, and he did what God told him to do."

But with the driver still trapped inside the then burning truck, Watt knew his work wasn't done that day.

"[ I ] went back to get him, and got a hold of his arm, and pulled him out of the truck, too."

As flames ate away at the driver's clothing, Watt rolled him on the ground and used his own body to extinguish the blaze, buying EMS enough time to get the driver medical attention.

"Neither one of them would be alive," insists Gore. "I mean, he's got a fighting chance. He's got a lot of life threatening injuries, but he's got a fighting chance thanks to Josh."

For Officer Watt, the gravity of the situation set in later that same night.

"There's no book on how to feel. There's no one that tells you how to accept somebody telling you thank you for that. The only thing I can do is tell them I'm just glad I was there when I needed to be for their family."

For his work as a Good Samaritan, we honor Officer Joshua Watt as our Hughes and Coleman Hometown Hero.

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