COWETA COUNTY, GA
-- A Coweta County man who stopped to help a seriously injured crash victim said he's being punished for trying to save a life.
Robert Bragg, a former Henry County volunteer firefighter, was arrested for obstructing officers on Tuesday.
He told Channel 2's Carl Willis he had nothing but good intentions when he stopped to help a 17-year-old victim who was trapped in her truck and drifting in and out of consciousness along Andrew Bailey Road.
"I was just touching her face and holding her hands, and she did come around and tell me her name," said Bragg.
He and his son were first on the scene and they stayed until a paramedic arrived, then offered help by keeping the victim alert.
However, his help was no longer welcome.
Once a firefighter and a deputy arrived he was asked to leave.
"I left her laying there," he said. "That was hard to do with her hand in my hand and her hanging on to life, because I've had them pass in my hands and it's not a good thing."
He left the victim's side, but didn't completely leave the scene. After an exchange with first responders he was arrested for obstructing officers.
"We need people that will help before EMS, or law enforcement or fire department officials can arrive on scene, once public safety has arrived on scene, I think it's time then as a Good Samaritan even to back off," said Yeager.
The victim remained in the intensive care unit Friday night. Her father said Bragg may have saved his daughter's life.