Injured officer meets man who saved his life

In that Tahoe, Houston County Deputy, Ben Parrish fought for his life.
Published: Feb. 14, 2022 at 10:39 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2022 at 10:40 AM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - We are proud to share Preston Anderson’s story.

Because if not for his watchful eyes, a man would have almost certainly died.

“I actually passed by there every day when I was going to school,” Preston Anderson said.

At dusk, on a cool December evening, Preston Anderson drove along a rural highway.

Anderson said he vividly remembers how that creek looked. He navigates that route nearly every day but, on that day, he noticed something.

“I saw the rear end of the Tahoe and I turned around and came back,” Anderson said. “I was in Ashford and got a call, so I was headed to the call.”

In that Tahoe, Houston County Deputy, Ben Parrish fought for his life.

His vehicle had tumbled into a creek bed as he swerved to avoid a deer.

“It hurts tremendously when you have one of your deputies hurt, especially like this,” said Anderson.

Anderson called the police and stayed with Parrish until help arrived.

On Monday, Sheriff Donald Valenza presented an award to Anderson. Recovering Deputy, Ben Parrish also got to meet Preston.

A big hug and bigger thanks for that moment that Preston cared enough to turn around.

“It saved our deputy’s life,” Valenza said.

Deputy Ben Parrish continues to recover and hopes he’ll be back to work soon.

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