Jones said the morning show host has been very gracious and appreciative of the care he received ever since then. This award is just the most recent showing of Jay’s gratitude.
“I’m very honored,” Jones said of receiving the award. “I’m very humbled. This is part of my job; it’s what we do and prepare for every day. There were multiple other healthcare professionals involved in his care that day. I told him I’d be happy to represent everyone who took care of him that day including the [Emergency Medical Services] workers as well as the nurses and hospital staff who were involved in his care.”
Modest as he is, it was Dr. Jones who stood at the speedway last Wednesday and received a framed certificate to commemorate his status as a “hero.”
“It was a great ceremony,” he said. “It was very well done. The folks at Texas Motor Speedway were very professional and very gracious in pouring out their appreciation to first responders in our area.”
Although the ceremony was wonderful, the “cherry on top” was that after Jones received his award he was given permission to “operate a motor vehicle,” as they say on containers of prescription medication.
After a brief class, Jones got to drive 10 laps around TMS in an authentic NASCAR stock car. Needless to say, he had a blast.
“It was one of the greatest things I’ve ever done in my life,” he said emphatically. “I’m not necessarily a racing or NASCAR fan, but after getting behind the wheel and driving I certainly see it for what it is, and it was a very thrilling experience for me.”
PPGH CEO Harris Brooks joked that he was jealous of Jones’ opportunity to drive the race car, but said in all seriousness that he was very proud of his service.