2017 in Review: Unsuspecting hero – Teen’s quick thinking save’s man’s life

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, December 30, 2017
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Standing Out

STANDING OUT – Boyd senior Colby Williams saved a coworker’s life in October. His quick-thinking earned him Youth of the Year. Messenger photo by Kelly Basting

Months later, Colby Williams still thinks about the events of Oct. 12 daily.

After seeing co-worker Rick Chappell stabbed at the Deal Trading Co. on Jacksboro Highway in Fort Worth near Casino Beach, the Boyd High School senior, loaded him into his pickup and drove him to the Lake Worth Fire Department to receive medical attention.

“I think about it every day. I’m glad I didn’t get hurt and everyone was OK,” Williams said. “It’s insane to think about.”

Chappell shortly after the incident said about Williams: “I thank God for providing this young man … If not for Colby being there, I would’ve been dead.”

Williams, credited as a hero, was honored between the first and second quarters of Boyd’s football game with Breckenridge by the school district and the Lake Worth Fire Department.

“His actions contributed to saving the other gentleman’s life,” said Mike Voorhies, Lake Worth fire marshal.

For his quick thinking and life-saving actions, the Wise County Messenger is recognizing Williams as the Youth of the Year.

Williams had just returned from Chicken Express with lunch that afternoon when he saw his bosses Tony Springfield and Chappell with a 25-year-old man. According to Chappell, the man had tried to break into an apartment on the site.

When Springfield and Chappell tried to usher the man off the property, he stabbed them both. Springfield was stabbed more than half a dozen times. Chappell suffered 18 stab wounds. Another teen and Williams helped stop the attack.

“Tony was on the ground, and there was this kid named Dillon [Corley] there,” Williams recalled. “The guy had a knife to Tony’s throat, and Dillon had him in a choke hold. I ended up running over there. At the time I was on the phone with the cops.”

Williams soon had Chappell running to him. Seeing that he was bleeding, he knew he had to act quickly.

“I knew he was losing so much blood, and I knew he was diabetic,” Williams said. “He fell on his knees, so I picked him up. He’s a bigger dude, like 250 pounds. I ran him to my truck, which was probably [50 yards away]. I threw him in the passenger seat of this truck and rushed him to the Lake Worth Fire Department.”

After the two-mile trip to the fire department, Chappell fell out of the truck as he was trying to get out.

“When I got there, they were telling me if I’d waited 45 more seconds that he would have passed away,” Williams said.

“I was thinking about the Azle hospital. If I’d went there, there’s no doubt he would have died. I don’t know [why I thought of the fire department]. I knew I had to do something. I saw the fire department there, and I knew that was probably the closest spot.”

Chappell was in the hospital more than six days and had multiple surgeries.

Williams, who will graduate in from Boyd in May, said he no longer works with Chappell and Springfield.

Over the past two months, he’s been asked about the incident regularly and been called a hero by many. It’s something he’s gotten used to, though he hopes he and others never face a similar situation.

“If I had to do it again, I would. I hope I don’t have to,” Williams said.

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