Recent Hot Springs HERO recipients Simuel Jones, left, and Jeffrey Sledd, third from left, are presented their HERO certificates by Solid Waste Director Randy Atkinson and Residential Manager Tonya Burrough. Jones and Sledd were on their Earth Angel Recycling route on November 21 when they witnessed a disabled citizen get struck by a vehicle, knocking him out of his chair as he was crossing the road at the intersection of West Belding and Central Avenue. Jones and Sledd immediately pulled over, helped the man back into his chair and waited with him until emergency responders arrived.
Ironically, Jones, who has been a City employee for almost 20 years, provided emergency assistance to a vehicle accident victim around 17 years ago while heading to work early one Saturday morning. In that instance, Jones literally gave the shirt off his back to help stop the bleeding from glass and trauma wounds that nearly took the driver's life. Jones and his wife later visited the victim and his family at the Little Rock hospital where he spent many months recovering.