Choctaw Co. teen helps sheriff trapped in vehicle during wreck

CHOCTAW COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - Seventeen-year-old Troy Ware was leaving a detail shop where he works on Highway 70 and Highway 93 in Hugo Friday night just after 6 p.m.

"And I heard a bunch of noise, I came looking and I saw a wreck so I ran over," Troy said.

Ware saw two vehicles laying in the grass, and jumped into action, trying to rescue the man trapped inside his truck that had rolled to its side.

"They were trying to bust the top and the back window was busted out," he said. "I reached in and unlocked and opened it, and he was laying there woozy."

That man was Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park.

"I was gonna try and get him out but his leg was hurt," he said.

Paramedics arrived shortly after and used the jaws of life to rescue him. He was flown to a hospital, treated and released.

"I was trying to stay calm and focus, protect and keep him safe," Troy said.

Troopers say a woman failed to stop at a stop sign on Highway 93. She pulled out on Highway 70 and hit the sheriff's truck. She was also treated and released and was given a ticket for not stopping.

Troy's mom Susan Ware says she is proud of her son's heroic efforts.

"It's exciting. That's my baby. He does this for other people," Susan said. "He's a good kid."

After the experience, Troy is thinking about becoming a first responder.

"I'm thankful I could help somewhat, do what I could do," Troy said.

"We hope everybody is doing well and we appreciate everybody that stopped," Susan said.

The sheriff tells us he is suffering chest and neck pain but he is expected to be okay.

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