Quick thinking saves a father's life

By Layron Livingston - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - Last Wednesday, Dillon and Dustin Lambright of Jacksonville were riding to school with their father when he had a seizure. That's when the two boys sprang into action.

It was a typical routine day. Tony Lambright said it was around 7:30 that morning. He remembers turning onto Jackson Street, headed for the high school.

"I got to the south end of the overpass and the next thing I know I was waking up in the hospital," said the boy's father Tony.

"I was like, Dad, Dad Wake up! After that, his hands came off the steering wheel and he started shaking and making a weird noise," said Dillon.

"It took me like two or three seconds to realize that he was actually having a seizure," said Dustin.

17-year-old Dustin has his learners permit, but he was in the back seat of Dad's blue pick-up. 16-year-old Dillon was in the passenger seat. Dillon said he grabbed the wheel to steer the truck. Dad was still behind the wheel, so he couldn't get his foot to the brake.

"I said, hey, hills stop things," said Dillon.

So the boys b-lined it. With truck in neutral and engine shut off, the boys eventually made their way off the roadway and into the CVS parking lot. They coasted through the Oreilly's parking lot, eventually ending up about a 100 yards away, across the street, up on an embankment, hitting a bush and narrowly missing the other rush hour drivers.

"I popped two right tires and the front bumper was messed up," said Dillon.

"Once the truck stopped, I immediately called 9-1-1," said Dustin.

"I'm just grateful that we did not die," said a relieved Dillon.

Tony said that since 1981, a medical condition has caused his seizures without warning. He said he always taught his boys what to do.

"Kids still listen," said the thankful dad. "Thank the Lord."

And now, he considers his boys to be heroes.

We weren't the only ones impressed by the two sons. Shortly after our interview, the principal of Jacksonville High School presented both Dillon and Dustin with "J-ville Indian Awards", certificates honoring them for their quick thinking, bravery, and maturity.