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Pay it 4ward: Good Samaritan honored for helping bus crash victims

Patrick Hayes
September 24, 2018 10:25 PM

GALLUP, N.M.— Before firefighters, paramedics or police arrived on the scene of a deadly Greyhound bus crash on I-40 near Gallup, other drivers pulled over to help.

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Roberta Keast said former EMT Clay Phillips was one of those good Samaritans.

“The day that this happened, he was able to serve, he saw the need – he was second on the scene and jumped in and grabbed equipment from his work truck as he was coming home from a pretty long day actually," Keast said.

Keast said the heroic action made her nominate Phillips for Pay it 4ward.

"He's a very humble person. He's going to cry,” Keast said.

She said someone like Phillips should be rewarded with $400.

She said he used ladders from his work truck to help people escape the bus and treated others who were injured.

"You helped a lot of people who needed help right away. You acted above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to being an EMT, put yourself in a situation that was amazing and I'm proud of you for that,” Keast told Phillips

He was completely surprised and said that he didn’t think twice about helping the victims of the bus crash.

“It's just what should be done. It's the right thing to do. So many people are just willing to keep going and not stop and help and I just can't do that," Phillips said.

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