A Jonesboro, AR, trucker literally gave the shirt off his
back recently to save a seriously injured woman.
Barry Byram – who drives for American Central Transport – was
right behind a Volkswagen Beetle when it went out of control and overturned on
Interstate 40 at Brownsville, TN.
Byram pulled over, then climbed into the car through a
shattered back window. The woman in the car was semi-conscious and he could see
that her right leg was bleeding profusely.
“I just tore my shirt off and made a tourniquet out of it
without thinking about what I had done,” he told “Land Line Now” on XM
Satellite Radio. “I had blood all over me, but I was trying to save her and I
don’t know, it’s something that just comes natural to me.”
Eventually a state trooper arrived to help and the woman was
taken to a hospital.
The trooper called Byram’s company to report his life-saving
With co-workers looking on, the president of the company
presented Byram with the Heart of ACT Award – a truck made of crystal.
“The only thing I told them when I had to do my little
speech when I got my award there in the office is there’s one thing about it, I
do something for somebody every day if it’s nothing but opening the door,”
Byram said. “And I said, ‘make sure to teach the children that.’”
– By Reed Black, staff writer