October 18, 2001

Local Man Labeled Hero After Saving Motorcyclist's Life

During the past month we have heard tales of many heroes, including those who saved the lives of others.

Kevin Brown of Columbia is quick to let the residents of Scotland County know they have just such a hero right here in this community.

A few years ago Kevin was riding his motorcycle on Route M, about 3 miles northwest of Rutledge. He failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road. He landed on an embankment with the motorcycle coming to rest on top of him.

A man who lived close to the accident site, saw the wreck and came to Kevin's rescue. He lifted the 1,000 lb. motorcycle off of Kevin, and then ran to his home to call for help. He then went back to the crash site and waited with Kevin until the ambulance arrived.

On September 15 Kevin, his wife Brenda and their four-year-old daughter Lauren returned to Scotland County to visit with their hero, J.P. Childress.

"He saved my life," Kevin said. "I know that I would not have lived two more minutes because I couldn't breathe with that weight on my chest and throat."

Despite losing the use of his legs as a result of the accident Kevin has not let being confined to a wheelchair slow him down. He has maintained a positive attitude since the ordeal. Kevin has taken care of Lauren since she was born, while Brenda works.

Kevin is the nephew of Aloha Coffrin of Memphis.

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