Man Thanked For Risking His Life

Saturday, November 3rd 2007, 9:44 pm
By: News On 6

A good Samaritan is recognized after he was nearly killed while trying to help victims of a devastating car crash. The wreck happened more than four years ago. On Saturday, a congregation in Pryor paused to say thank you.

He's unable to stand with the rest of the congregation, but William Craig is singing praises for the gift of another day. On Saturday, pastors and members of Iglesia de Dios Hispana acknowledged the 64-year-old man as a hero.

Emergency responders to the crash pronounced William Craig dead at the scene. It turned out doctors were able to save his life, but not his leg. Craig doesn’t remember much about the day of the crash. He spent three weeks in a coma. Now, his scars serve as a constant reminder that it happened.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers say William Craig was hit by a semi while he was trying to save the victims of another crash. In that wreck, the driver of an SUV fell asleep, wrecking on Highway 412 near Choteau.

William Craig happened upon the scene on his way to work in Bentonville, Arkansas. Three people in the SUV died. Eight others were taken to the hospital. Craig says he often thinks about the other victims and recently found out that a church had helped those who survived the crash. He decided to call the church.

"My heart was full of joy to be able to see that he was alive, and I wanted to recognize him because what he did was not something small,” said Pastor Pascual Espinoza of Iglesia de Dios Hispana.

The big man, with an even bigger heart, now has a message for others. One, he says he lives by each day.

"Enjoy yourself, enjoy your life because you don't know when it's going to be your last moment,” said William Craig.

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