Holmes Co. Deputy Comforts Victim and Family

HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. - On an October day in Holmes county, Deputy Gary Harris finds himself first on scene at an accident, unlike anything he's seen before.

"He's walking around in his shed," said Deputy Harris. "And this huge, don't know how many pounds it weighs, it's humongous; it's the huge roll up doors, had just fallen."

Steve Roeser is in the wrong place at the wrong time when the doors drop right on top of him. 

"He was bleeding heavily," said Harris.

Surprisingly, he was conscious, but in desperate need of medical care. Harris did what he could until paramedics arrived.

"I had him elevate his feet so he wouldn't lose consciousness and helped his wife put ice on his head, on the wound," said Harris. "(i) said a little prayer for him, and let the good Lord do the rest."

Roeser is eventually life-flighted, but Deputy Harris stays behind with the family. He not only provides comfort, but is able to relay a change in hospital destination too.  

"You know just being there, comforting the family, doing all you know to do, sometimes that makes the world of difference to somebody."

It made a huge difference to Roeser and his family. He and his wife tracking Deputy Harris down and thanking him in person a few weeks ago.

"I don't wake up in the morning and ask myself how many people am I putting in jail this morning," said Harris.

"I ask myself who can I help today? And I was able to help him and it was a great day."


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