TX senator recognizes DPS sergeant for fiery rescue

Posted at 3:05 PM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 16:10:24-04

Texas State Sen. Brian Birdwell recognized a Waco-based DPS sergeant on the Senate floor at the State Capitol Tuesday morning.

On March 10, 2016, DPS Sgt. D.L. Wilson, along with citizen Robert Sneed, helped rescue the driver of a burning FedEx truck on I-35 in Temple.

Wilson was driving behind the FedEx truck when the driver lost control and hit a concrete barrier, igniting the cab. 

Wilson's patrol car dash cam captured the crash and the man's rescue. 

In front of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas senators, Birdwell acknowledged and thanked Wilson for his life-saving work that day.

"Sgt. Wilson's quick thinking and selflessness in the face of grave danger saved the life of a 60-year-old man. The Texas Senate honors you today for your valor," Birdwell said.

"It's very humbling. Police officers don't look for these things. We just do our job day in and day out. It just happened," Wilson said.

Even though Wilson stepped near the flames and helped pull the driver out that morning, standing at the front of room full of lawmakers wasn't as easy.

"I've fought bad guys on the street and talk to reporters. My hands were sweating down there. It was overpowering," Wilson said.

Whether he gets recognized for saving someone's life or for simply doing his job, Wilson still remains humble.

"We're just glad that we are getting the recognition, but we don't need it," he said.

Back in February, News Channel 25 was there when DPS honored Wilson with the Lifesaving/Director's Award. FedEx also gave him the Heroism Award for saving their driver's life.

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