Honoring a local hero

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By Jamison Hooks

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The City of Madison and Morgan County held a ceremony to honor McArthur Reid for his quick actions after witnessing a plane crash in downtown Madison this past January.

“He was first on the scene. He didn’t know the condition of the plane, but he knew the condition of those men and their lives,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman.

On January 17, 2016 at approximately 8 p.m. McArthur Reid, a downtown Madison resident went outside to check his mail. At the same time a Cessna 152 crashed in the intersection of East Washington and Vine Streets, badly injuring both the pilot and his one passenger.

Without hesitation, Reid jumped into action and pulled the two men from the wreckage.

“I was afraid there could have been a gas leak and the whole thing would blow,” said Reid.

It is believed that the pilot skillfully navigated the aircraft using streetlights as markers in order to safely land the plane.

The two men survived and were taken to Athens Regional Medical Center for treatment.

“When you come across a tragedy, will you run or will you help?” asked Madison Chief of Police Bill Ashburn after he presented Reid with an award for his bravery.

“He saw something once in a lifetime and he took it upon himself to save lives.”

Reid was also presented with the Good Samaritan Medal from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

“It is a pleasure to present you with the Good Samaritan award in honor of your actions,” said Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley.

Reid’s family rallied around him in support of his bravery.

The Morgan County Ministers Union also attended the ceremony and thanked Reid for being an extraordinary citizen.

The Ministers Union gifted Reid and his family $100 in recognition of his willingness to help others.

“I just didn’t want anyone to get hurt,” said Reid.

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