An eastern Kentucky sheriff's deputy was honored as a hero for actions the Johnson County Sheriff says helped save a man's life.
It's a day Johnson County Emergency Responders say they will never forget.
Sheriff Bill Witten says they could have seen a greater loss if not for Deputy James Preston's quick thinking.
The sheriff honored Preston with a medal heroism for saving another man responding to the accident.
On January 22nd, Preston pulled Paintsville EMS worker Brian Moore by the belt to avoid a coal truck that slid off the road killing fellow paramedic Christa Burchett and Erica Brown.
Preston was also awarded a plaque for his heroism from the Paintsville Fire Department.