James Jones says he owes his life to good Samaritans Pam and Adam Siefken.
State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, agrees and, on Thursday, he honored the married couple for saving his neighbor’s life.
“On behalf of the state of Georgia and the Secretary of State Brian Kemp, we have named both of them Outstanding Georgia Citizens,” he said during a recognition ceremony held at Coastal Manor in Ludowici. “It was the least we could do for such a profound humanitarian and Christian act.”
Jones said that about three weeks ago, he was driving on Highway 84 going toward his Midway home when a tractor-trailer veered into his lane.
“I know I couldn’t afford to hit him head-on. So I moved to the right and, when I did, I hit that light pole,” he said, recalling the wreck, which happened right in front of Williams’ home.
“My wife and I were watching television, heard the brakes squealing and — bang — the lights went off. Jones was in dire straits, he was bleeding profusely, and the good Lord sent someone who knew what to do,” Williams added, noting that the couple had first passed the wreck but, sensing something was wrong, turned around to provide aid.
“We had been to visit some friends that we go to church with that live in Midway,” Pam Siefken said. “We live in Hinesville, and we were coming back home and saw the truck in the woods and a person on the ground and no EMS. So I told my husband we need to turn around, and we stopped. He was bleeding heavily from his head.”
Siefken, a nurse for 30 years, proceeded to keep pressure on Jones’ injury and kept talking to him until EMS arrived.
Jones was airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.
Jones said he recalls going in and out of consciousness. Miraculously, he was able to leave the next day.
“It knocked out the light at the Williams’ household,” Siefken said, recalling how powerful the impact of the accident was. “He had a deep laceration across his eye, and he was bleeding a lot when we got there.”
Williams and Jones visited Coastal Manor, where Siefken has worked for the past eight years, to recognize her and her husband’s help Thursday.
Jones presented his rescuer with a bouquet of pink roses.
“Thank you, Lord, for sending an angel to take care of me,” Jones said.
“Every once in a while, you are able to see folks do things out of the love in their heart for mankind, not looking for anything in return and that describes these two people,” Williams said. “Because of their fast action, it was not as bad as it could have been.”
Williams said that as EMS prepared to place Jones in the helicopter, Adam Siefken asked those who had gathered at the accident scene to pray for Jones.
Williams added that the prayers were indeed answered.
“We were at the right place at the right time, and I thank the Lord he placed us there,” Pam Siefken said.