WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — An area man rushed to assist a man trapped under an automobile recently in the Town of West Logan. Matt “Beevare” Jeffrey is best known as a metal-worker and highly skilled guitarist in the local music scene. However he was a Good Samaritan and Johnny-on-the-Spot when a jack with a truck on it collapsed on a man working at the garage next door, across the street from the West Logan Police Department.
At the October 10 meeting of the West Logan town council, Police Chief Robert Ward praised the musician and Good Samaritan for his efforts at extricating the victim.
Ward said he had not been on duty very long that afternoon when he heard a loud noise followed by screaming at the old garage across the street from the West Logan PD.
“There was a guy over there who had been working on a truck and the jack he had the truck propped up with slipped and this poor man was trapped underneath the truck with the rim of the truck bearing down on his leg, crushing it.”
Ward rushed across the street, but noted there was not much he could do except scream on the radio for assistance.
“Then Matt Jeffrey who lives next door to the garage rushed out and came to help the man,” Ward said. “Thanks to Matt Jeffrey we eventually managed to get the truck up off the guy. The rim of the wheel was almost mashing his leg flat.”
Ward said the incident was both dramatic and traumatic to everyone involved. “At one point when we were trying to get the vehicle jacked back up, Matt was talking to the guy, trying to calm him down and assure him that things would be all right. I am so grateful that he was there….It could have been so much worse.”
Ward noted that when he had yelled into the police radio for assistance he had been screaming.
“So we had a bunch of law enforcement units that arrived thinking it was an officer down call,” he said. “But the ambulance got there as well. I am just glad to everybody who rushed there to assist this poor guy. He was pinned under there badly. I am glad that everybody showed up when they did to help.”
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.