Above: Dumas Police Cpl. Clayton Williams, left, received recognition Monday for his actions after responding to a 911 call that Chief Jim Nelson said probably saved a man’s wife. Williams’ wife, Cecilia, is left, and he’s holding his son Wayne.
The recognition Dumas Police Cpl. Clayton Williams received Monday is more than a plaque with words. It represents a life that was probably saved by the training he immediately applied when someone needed it.
Chief Jim Nelson surprised Williams with the plaque at the Dumas City Commission and read from it how Williams had responded to a 911 call Jan. 18 from a man who said he was bleeding. Williams knew the man and the area he lived in from other times he had responded to the address on other calls. When he and Sgt. Camie Clark arrived, Williams saw the man was bleeding profusely from a self-inflicted wound, and his training kicked in. He didn’t have gloves, but he controlled the bleeding with a tourniquet. He knew how to do it because another police officer had taught all of the officers how to use the life-saving procedure.
Sgt. Alan Graham worked as a firefighter and EMT in the DFW area before joining the Dumas Police Department. After Nelson attended chief’s training, where some of the instruction targeted active shooter situations and the use of tourniquets, he had Graham teach the other police officers how to apply one. One Dumas man is alive because of it.
Williams’ tourniquet stabilized the man until he could be taken to the emergency room, and the physician congratulated Williams on using the tourniquet and said the man might not have survived without it. The next morning, Nelson heard about the incident.
“Due to Cpl. Williams’ quick actions, he probably saved the man’s life, and I thought that he should be recognized,” Nelson said.
Williams didn’t have a clue what Nelson was planning or that he would be recognized during the commission meeting. On Monday, Nelson attended the meeting in uniform, and the room filled up with other uniformed officers.
“I told Cpl. Williams the commissioners would be talking about the relief route, and we needed officers there in case the discussion got heated,” Nelson said. “We had his wife in my office, waiting to come out when we recognized him.”
Nelson sprung the plaque on him, telling the commissioners and the public what Williams had done.
“I was shocked,” Williams said. “I don’t like to get on stage or up in front of people, and I had no idea the chief was going to do this.”
Everyone attending the meeting, including the commissioners and Mayor Pat Sims, stood and applauded. Later, when the Journal took a picture of Williams outside the meeting, his wife, Cecilia, was reluctant to be included, but Williams pulled her in.
“You’re the person who supports me and stands beside me,” he said.