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(WFAA) – COLLIN COUNTY – George White has been with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years and in that time he’s developed a reputation for being at the right place at the right time.
“I just do what I have to do,” White said.
As of last month, White is credited with helping save seven different people over the years. Deputy Chief Mark Sanderson said some officers go their entire careers without being in a situation where they’re helping a person who could die.
“People say he’s in the right place at the right time but there is a third component to that,” Sanderson said. “He’s the right person for the job.”
Like all law enforcement officers, Deputy White sees people during their worst moments. He recalls saving a 15-year-old girl who had been threatening suicide. White said dispatch helped him find the girl, who was on the phone with 911.
“I was sneaking up and my radio went off. She saw me and jumped,” White said. “I caught her and I held on until other crews could get there.”
While White has helped many people, he says he’s never spoken with the men and women he’s saved after responding to their call. Wednesday morning, that changed when White sat down with the mother and father of a man he recently saved.
“I think God uses this man more than he knows,” said the victim’s father, who asked to remain anonymous to protect his son’s privacy.
White was just a block from the family’s home when the call came out over the scanners about a young man who wasn’t breathing. White rushed to the home and quickly started CPR, he didn’t stop until ambulances arrived.
“He had no pulse and 30 seconds after I got off him the paramedics said they finally found a pulse,” White said.
For White, it was an emotional and gratifying experience meeting the family whose life he changed. White and the man’s father talked over coffee and ended the meeting with a prayer.
“I have a friend for life,” White said.
For now, White’s life saving number is at seven, but he says he’ll continue to serve and protect until his final days.