GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Three East Texans were recognized by the Gregg County Sheriff's Office for assisting two deputies with a violent offender back in January.
On January 20, 2018, Deputy Jennifer Nieves and Gregg County Sheriff's Office PIO Joshua Tubb responded to a welfare check after concerned citizens called in about a man walking in traffic lanes on Highway 135 just north of FM 1252. That man was 34-year-old Jesse Hardy.
During a scuffle Hardy inflicted severe bite wounds on the deputies.
During the altercation three men stopped, got out of their vehicles and offered their assistance to the deputies. Michael McDaniel, Bron Dent, and Jake Taylor were recognized by the Gregg County Sheriff's Office for what deputies call a selfless act of heroism.
"They stopped anyway despite all the danger to them," PIO Joshua Tubb said. "It's an amazing feeling to know that you're supported by your community that way."
The Good Samaritans said it is an honor to receive the Humanitarian Award from the sheriff's office and to help those that put their life on the line every day.
"I would like to think most people would stop and help our sheriffs out," Jake Taylor said. "You know they're out patrolling the streets every day protecting us so it's our duty to protect them whenever we get the chance."