COLLINSVILLE, Tex. (KXII) An off-duty Collinsville police officer followed a suspicious car last week and ended up saving a life. Earlier this week, he was honored for his actions.
"I was at home off-duty and that's when I saw a vehicle drive down by the public storage units."
Collinsville Police Officer, Jon Cheshire, says that was suspicious to him because they've had several break-ins there before. So, he called the officer on duty. But before they arrived the suspect was already driving away.
"I made the decision to get in my personal car, follow the car until the on-duty officer could catch up to my location."
Officer Cheshire followed the suspect all the way to Lake Kiowa before the on duty officer caught up.
"The driver was only wearing his underwear. No shoes, no shirt and he also had a 4-year-old child in the car with him that was only wearing underwear."
In this body cam footage, the driver identifies himself and admits to getting into a physical argument with his wife and taking their 4-year-old daughter.
Officer Cheshire says after contacting Denton police, he found the man was wanted out of Denton County for a domestic dispute with his wife and had been threatening to kill himself and his daughter.
"They were beginning a manhunt. They were getting helicopters. They were pinging the guy's cell phone trying to track him down."
The Chief and the Mayor say Cheshire's quick thinking may have just saved that little girl's life. So Monday, they honored him for going above and beyond.
"We see something that's strange and there is almost like a sixth sense that kicks in that isn't right. I'm not going to let this go."
And he says while the award means a lot to him saving the little girl from the situation means more.
"Saving a life or hearing that I could have saved a life means everything to me. That's my first priority. That's my job. That's why I do this."
The man was arrested that night and the girl was safely taken home.