BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - An off-duty Bainbridge police officer helped save nine lives.
Officer Leroy Akins was near the scene of a horrific crash and helped people get out of an overturned van.
Leroy Akins said he was in the right place at the right time and because of that he helped save nine lives.
"I witnessed a cloud of dust in the southbound lane on 27 south. So I drove forward some and turned around and came back and I see a lady waving her hand," said Akins.
That woman was a witness who happened to be driving behind the church van and saw it run off the road.
"There was about nine elderly passengers in there and they were bleeding, screaming, and hollering. The first thing I did was jump out of the car and run to get those folks out," said Akins.
The Van had just left a church service in Colquitt and was headed back to Tallahassee. Officers say the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
"Everyone was crying and hollering but to me that was a good thing cause it could have been way worse," said Akins.
One person was airlifted to a hospital. The others were treated for the injuries at the scene.
As for the crash site, there is still evidence of the horrific accident that Officer Akins says he will never forget.
"Once I left there I went to church. I had my bloody clothes on. I went into church and I told my father in law which is the pastor what happened and they prayed for the victims," said Akins.
A hero to those nine people and the rest of the Bainbridge community.