Veteran honored for coming to the aid of Bastrop deputy

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Bastrop County Sheriff’s deputy doesn’t think he would be alive today if it were not for the help of a stranger.

That stranger is a veteran. And Tuesday, he received an award for his heroic actions.

Back in January, Deputy Dylan Dorris says he was responding to a noise complaint.

He says a man he was trying to handcuff suddenly turned on him, and tried to take his gun. That’s when Scott Perkins, who had a concealed handgun, decided to step in.

“Immediately just jump in, help him, do whatever it takes, whether I had a handgun with me or not I would have had to do something. You just can’t let somebody do that to somebody else,” he said.

Deputy Dylan Dorris said, “I’m alive today because of him. So I feel like my life is indebted to him and his family for their actions and their courage.”

Perkins, a former Marine, was presented with the Meritorious Conduct Award and even given a Texas flag that was flown over the Capitol.

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