On January 31st, 2015, around 12:15 pm, C W Roberts employee, Mr. Eric Wright, a flag man, was manning a lane closure off SR 20 near Basin Bayou, while his co-workers were laying sod along the shoulder of the road. A Mercedes, which was stopped at the flag station, was rear ended and then side swiped by a Chevrolet SUV. The SUV came to a rest in the water on the North side of SR 20 in Basin Bayou. Mr. Wright made sure all traffic was stopped and checked to see if the woman in the Mercedes was injured. He notified his supervisor of the accident and without hesitation, swam out to the SUV to help the individual. When Mr. Wright reached the SUV he was unable to open the door, but instructed the driver to roll down the window. Mr. Wright pulled the driver through the window and safely got him back to shore. The driver suffered a medical issue and was unable to tell Mr. Wright if anyone was still in the SUV. Mr. Wright swam back, went in through the window and searched the vehicle and did not find anyone else. The driver was treated by EMS personnel on scene and refused transport.
C W Roberts Safety Director, Ronnie Bell, recalls asking Eric "Why did you do it" and his response was "Mr. Ronnie, that man needed help.”
Sheriff Adkinson stated, “I am extremely proud of this young man and I am proud to live in a community where individuals like Mr. Wright are not afraid to put themselves in harm’s way to help a fellow citizen.”
Pictured L to R: C W Roberts President Bob Flowers, Eric Wright, Sheriff Mike Adkinson and C W Roberts Vice-President Darryl Carpenter