Neighbor meets new homeowner while saving his life

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When Richard Hughes was seriously injured while working on a household project, he stumbled out of his new home to get help.

“I couldn’t see anything because of all the blood,” Hughes said.

Hughes had not met the neighbor who came to his aid by stopping the bleeding and calling 911.

“When I look back, I narrowly escaped,” said Hughes, 44.

For their efforts, Steven Richardson and his sister Elizabeth Ball were honored at the Aug. 6 City Council meeting.

The two were presented certificates of recognition from Mayor William D. Tate for their heroic actions in administering life-saving measures to Hughes.

“They are wonderful members of the community,” Tate said. “It’s lucky we have good Samaritans to save lives and property.”

Tate said that in a day of people worrying about getting involved for fear or litigation, Ball and Richardson didn’t waver.

“God just put me and my sister in the right place at the right time,” Richardson said.

The accident occurred on May 7 as Hughes was fixing up his new home in the 2700 block of Shady Hill Court.

He was putting up a Murphy bed when the bed collapsed.

“It flew off the wall and smacked me in the head,” Hughes said.

He stumbled out the front door where Richardson and his sister happened to be walking.

Fire Chief Steve Bass said their actions, “very likely saved his life.”

“We’ve gotten a good neighbor out of it,” Richardson said.

Added Ball: It was a bad way to meet a nice neighbor. Welcome to Texas.”

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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