South Texas trooper, RHS graduate noted for actions
PLEASANTON– A former Rockdale resident and a 1990 RHS graduate was noted for his bravery as a Texas Department of Public Safet y of f icer during a recent traffic accident in Atascosa County, south of San Anto- nio.
Trooper Waylon Rogers responded to a rollover accident on IH-37 near the Atascosa Live Oak county line on the evening of July 8. He pulled the driver out of the vehicle and began CPR, continuing 30 minutes until EMS back up arrived. The vehicle’s passenger was already being tended too.
At the same time, Doris Holloway, a certified nurses aide and CPR card holder from Deweyville, Virginia, and her husband were driving past the accident scene. She pulled over to help.
Holloway worked with Rogers on the patient was so moved by the trooper’s actions that she believed he should be commended.
“He wouldn’t give up. It was scorching hot out there and the trooper was in full uniform. It must have been miserable for him,” Holloway told the Pleasanton Express newspaper. “I already knew the driver had passed - and the trooper know the man had passed, but he wouldn’t stop until his relief had come.”
“Then the trooper leaned over the man’s body and said a prayer. That touched my heart and my life in a way I cannot explain. This trooper went way above and beyond the call of duty,” Holloway added.
The visitor made calls to Governor Rick Perry’s office, to the trooper’s Lieutenant, his Captain and Sergeant, as well as Jourdanton mayor Larry Pryor.
“Before I leave the state of Texas, I want to know that (Rogers) had been recognized for his humanitarian efforts that are above and beyond the call of duty.”
Rogers has been w ith DPS for the past eight years. He also served in the United States Air Force for 10 years.
He is the son of Benny and Elizabeth Rogers of Rockdale and the grandson of the late Fred and Eva Pounders and the late Tom and Marie Rogers.
July 8 also marked Rogers’ 40th birthday.