For Lubbock resident Chuck Barron, helping people is something he has always done.
"I would want somebody, if I was ever in trouble, to help me out. I try to be there for people. There have been times when people have been there for me, so I just want to return the favor," Barron said.
Barron served in the Marine Corps before he became a meter reader for LP&L last year. He was only on the job for four months when he happened upon a situation that forced him think on his toes. Surprisingly, it wasn't work related.
Barron was checking meters last October when he saw something strange out of the corner of his eye.
"At first I thought it was a young lady working out, but then I heard moaning. That's when I used my binoculars to get a closer look and that's when I found her," Barron said.
What he found was an 88-year-old woman lying on her back in her backyard. Barron says she was in obvious pain and distress.
"She told me that she fell the night before in the evening time, and that she had been out in the thunderstorms. She was cold and shivering," Barron said.
The elderly woman had fallen and broken her leg. She was unable to pick herself up off the ground.
Barron jumped into action, climbing a fence and making his way to the fallen woman. He called 911 and remained with her until an ambulance arrived. The woman was transported to UMC, where she spent weeks recovering from her broken leg.
Barron made a point to visit her while she was in the hospital.
"She told me that, maybe God still has a purpose for her later in life. She said that when she was in the hospital, she had a chance to witness to people so that's pretty good," Barron said.
Barron remains in contact with the woman who he now calls a friend. He says he believes he was in the right place at the right time, and hopes anyone would have done what he did.
This year, the South Plains Chapter of the American Red Cross his honoring Barron with a Red Cross Champions Award. He says he is humbled and surprised to be recognized for doing something he never thought twice about.
"I just did what I would hope a lot of other people would do. Most importantly, I'm just glad that she's okay and that she is continuing to live her life," Barron said.