Why 'Pay It Forward' was going to surprise Fort Bliss soldier

Fort Bliss Sgt. Trey Troney

The "Pay It Forward" team had arranged a surprise of a lifetime to Fort Bliss Sgt. Trey Troney, when everything changed.

When CBS4 anchor Shelton Dodson interviewed Troney for supposedly saving the life of man with a hoodie and ballpoint pen after a crash, everyone thought he was a hero. Troney was getting a lot attention nationwide.

That is why "Pay It Forward" worked to give Troney tickets to the Rams vs Saints game, airline tickets, hotel reservation, a Saints jersey, since he is a diehard New Orleans fan, and a football.

Meteorologist Sandra Diaz and Michael Gopin from "Pay It Forward" delivered the surprise to Troney.

"Nobody knew who I was in November. Nobody knew who I was in December and then now... I'm trending. I'm trending on Facebook. I'm on Fox News. Everyone around here opens up MSN and I'm on the front page,” said Troney.

Troney was in disbelief.

He quickly selected one of his battle buddies to go with him to the game. His thoughts then turned to the car accident and why he was there in the first place.

"I guess God put in the right place at the right time. I was in the right place at the right time,” said Troney. "Ask somebody if they need help. Ask somebody if they're OK. If you see somebody with their head down, 'pick your head up,' you know? 'Keep your head up.' Somebody out there in the world needs that. We all hit dark times in life as a human being. Sometimes you just need to say, 'you good?'”

Had Troney's story been true, he and two of his buddies would have been on the sidelines of Sunday’s game in New Orleans and Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who is Troney's favorite player, was also going to give him tickets to this year's Super Bowl.

On Wednesday, CBS4 anchor Shelton Dodson spoke with Troney at Fort Bliss in an exclusive sit-down interview about about his rescue efforts before findings from Texas DPS and Fort Bliss' investigations were released.

Soon after the interview, CBS4 was told that Fort Bliss was launching an investigation into Troney's story.

Troney said he saved a victim involved in a wreck on I-20 in Sweetwater, Texas, on Dec. 22, 2018.

Troney said he rendered aid to Jeff Udger, who he said was seriously injured.

An investigation conducted by Texas Department of Public Safety revealed that Troney did not save the man's life, according to Texas DPS spokesman Lt. Kenneth “Bryan” Witt.

Witt confirmed that crash did happen but the victim involved in the crash was not Jeff Udger.

Investigators with the Texas DPS looked at body camera footage and didn't see Troney performing life-saving techniques like he said he did with a ball point pen and hoodie sweatshirt, said Witt.

Witt said DPS Troopers on the scene did encounter Troney at the scene "who had stopped to assist."

Fort Bliss officials said they retracted the story they published on Jan. 9 about Troney because of "factual inaccuracies."

Army officials said they would like to apologize to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Highway Patrol, the city of Sweetwater, Texas, the city of El Paso, the University of Texas at El Paso, the New Orleans Saints, the local and national media and the American peo

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