Trinity Co. deputy constable gets medal of valor

GROVETON, TX (KTRE) - It was one of the scariest days of his life the he will never forget.

"My heart dropped," deputy constable Mark Mann said. "It stopped. There was no breathing."

Last month, Trinity County Deputy Mark Mann and Precinct Two Constable Mark Cole got a call that a driver was trying to run over two pedestrians.

"He immediately started yelling at us 'Shoot me! Shoot me! Y'all just shoot me!" Cole said.

While trying to stop the man, Cole accidentally got his arm stuck inside the car and was dragged ten feet down the road. That's when Mann sprang into action.

"I was just doing what I was trained to do," Mann said. "I was doing what a friend would do, a brother, for a gentlemen that has been a father to me throughout this whole trip."

But for Cole, the rescue was more than a job. That's why he has secretly been working to get the medal of valor for the young deputy.

Mann graduated from the Angelina College Police Academy two months ago and said he can't believe he's won the award. But his teachers beg to differ.

"It doesn't surprise me one bit," said Marcelo Rosario. "We know that our cadets are put through a grueling 21 weeks of physical and mental situation and this cadet definitely excelled."

And Cole says Mann deserves it.

"The metal of valor is not given out to everyone" Cole said. "The officer has to show the courage and the bravery to protect the public and to protect other officers. He performed that without a flaw."

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