Ky. truck driver helps save jailer under attack

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:02 PM

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky truck driver is being called a hero after he helped save a jailer who was attacked while transporting a juvenile inmate.

Nelson County deputies told WKYT-TV (http://bit.ly/1hiJOR3) that Spencer County Jailer Darrell Herndon was attacked Wednesday while driving, but was able to pull the vehicle to the roadside during the struggle.

Clinton Blackburn of Winchester, who drives a truck for Apollo Oil, happened to be driving by when he says he saw the inmate choking the jailer from behind and pulled over to help.

"He flung his door open, and when I looked, I saw the prisoner was up through the glass and over in the seat and had him in a choke hold," Blackburn said.

Deputies said that the jailer was able to escape as Blackburn approached the car, but the inmate was able to disarm him and unsuccessfully attempted to shoot the gun.

"I grabbed the gun and turned the gun into the dash," said Blackburn. "With my left hand, I turned it into the dash. And with my right hand, I grabbed the trigger, so I had both hands on the gun."

He said after wrestling it back, he gave it to Herndon and they were able to keep the inmate restrained until deputies arrived.

Some are calling Blackburn a hero for his actions, but he says he doesn't see it that way.

"They put their life on the line every day, and it's pay back," said Blackburn. "I did what I had to do. All I could think about was getting that man home."

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Information from: WKYT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com

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