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Deputy to be awarded for life-saving actions

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Hopkins County Deputy Shea Shaw is being awarded for action he took to save the lives of two stranded motorists on I-30 near Sulphur Springs last Thursday evening just before sunset. According to reports a couple from Michigan had experienced car troubles, and their vehicle was stopped in the left lane of the interstate.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum said Deputy Shaw was parked behind the disabled vehicle with his emergency lights on and directing traffic into the right-hand lane when his truck was rear-ended.

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Robert H. Thompson, a 74-year-old Sulphur Springs man, has died as a result of a crash near the 131 mile marker on west bound Interstate 30 about 7:20 p.m. Thursday evening. His funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 29.

Tatum credited Deputy Shaw, who was out of the vehicle with the occupants of the disabled vehicle, was able to push them out of the path of the oncoming car leaving them unharmed. Shaw will be awarded for his actions in saving their lives.

The accident is still being investigated, but officials say it's possible the sun may have obstructed Thompson's vision.

Motorists are reminded to pull completely off the roadway and out of traffic in order to ensure the safety of themselves and others.