Date: Feb 7, 2008 11:17 AM
Subject: Arizona Officer saved by bystanders
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From: Lori
Date: Feb 7, 2008 7:40 AM


Tucson, Arizona | Published: 02.06.2008

Several bystanders pulled a Pima County Sheriff's deputy out of a burning patrol car after it was involved in a collision on Tucson's West Side about 12:30 p.m.

The deputy was westbound on Ajo Way, responding to a reported traffic collision at West Ajo Way and Kinney Road, when he collided with a pickup truck in the intersection of Ajo and La Cholla, said Tucson police Sgt. Mark Robinson. The patrol car rolled.

Seeing the patrol car on fire, bystanders rushed in, flipped the car upright and were able to pry the door open and rescue the deputy, Robinson said.

One of the rescuers was Paul Madewell, an iron worker from Safford, who was staying at a nearby mobile-home park. Madewell heard the crash and saw the patrol car flipping over, he said. He didn't consider himself a hero and was not concerned about the fire, though it was growing as the rescuers moved in.

"Either we were all going to burn, or we were all going to walk out of there," Madewell said.

The deputy was flown to University Medical Center. He suffered burns, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening. The deputy's name is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Robinson said.