It has been said that there are 3 types of people in this world: people that make things happen, people that watch things happen, and people that wonder what the heck just happened.
Austin Smith is a person that makes things happen. He is a hero! Austin started in Joe Nolan’s office in Austin Texas. He joined Justin Hubbard and our expansion team in Sacramento, and now he runs an office in Birmingham, Alabama.
In April 2010, Austin Smith was at a team building event in Sacramento at a driving range, when he witnessed a road accident – and used his instincts to save a man’s life. At dusk from across the range, he saw a one-lane highway collision happen right before his eyes. He noticed that one of the vehicles had gone across traffic, up a 15-foot burn, and into a lake, 50 feet below. “I took off running, dropped my club, and dialed 911 as I ran,” Austin Smith said. “I told them the vicinity of the wreck and ran down to the water.”
When Austin got there, he saw that the truck was in three feet of water and John, the injured driver, was in convulsions, & his foot was still on the gas. Smith asked him who was important to him; the driver gave him a name, and Austin reached for the phone & dialed that person & told her what had happened. Smith then lifted his foot off the gas and that was digging him deeper into the water, took his keys out of the ignition, and threw them in the bed of the truck. “For 45 minutes, I kept him conscious and no one knew where I was because of the location of the truck,” Smith said. “I kept talking to him until CareFlight came and the firemen helped put him on the stretcher to pull him on the embankment.”
After the man was put on the stretcher, Austin realized what had just happened. “I give all the credit to my mother, who is a nurse practitioner,” he said. “With out her compassion and caring nature instilled in me, I may have never even ran to the scene.”
During February’s award ceremony with the Sacramento Metro Fire Department, Austin was presented an award from Fire Chief Bill Sponable and the Board of Directors. He was honored in the presence of 50 Sacramento citizens and the staff of the Metro Fire Department.
“Leadership is an action, not a title. It’s something you do, not something you talk about,” Austin Smith said. “Real leaders step up in the face of adversity, look it in the eye, and tell it that it has no change of stopping me from what needs to be done, no matter what the measures.”