City of Vicksburg honors resident for lifesaving efforts

Published 1:18 pm Thursday, August 25, 2022

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Thursday recognized James Anderson for his efforts that saved a man who was going into a diabetic coma.

Anderson was walking down Washington Street past the Vicksburg Event and Business Center on Aug. 7, where he sometimes works as a handyman for the owners, Dr. Deborah and Johnny Stanfield.

While going to Speedmart across the street, Anderson noticed Johnny in his vehicle parked outside the Event Center building and went along his way. A few hours after he got home, Anderson said he felt something wasn’t right. He went to check to see if Johnny’s vehicle was still there. It was.

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Anderson found Johnny unresponsive in the driver’s seat.

After failing to flag down passing cars, Anderson flagged down a Vicksburg police officer who called for an ambulance.

Johnny was taken to the Merit Health River Region Hospital and then flown to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he is still recovering.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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