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03-03-08, 06:40 PM #1
12 people converge on patrol car; forcefully remove officer.
To be honored:
A dozen Tucson-area citizens will be honored for their heroic acts that helped save a Pima County sheriff deputy's life earlier this year, a sheriff spokeswoman said.
Each of the 12 persons will be given a Sheriff's Citizen's Medal for "selfless actions in saving Deputy Hector Palomino from certain death," Deputy Dawn Hanke said in a news release.
The medals will be awarded by Sheriff Clarence Dupnik at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 130 W. Congress St.
Around noon Feb. 6, Palomino was responding to a vehicle collision on Ajo Way near Kinney Road when he collided with a pickup truck that turned into his path on Ajo at La Cholla Boulevard, Hanke said.
The impact caused Palomino's patrol car to flip over, and it landed on the driver's side, trapping the deputy behind the steering wheel, Hanke said.
A dozen witnesses rushed to help Palomino, while others went to help the other driver. Both survived, Hanke said, although she had no further information on the other driver.
Helpers were able to push Palomino's car back into an upright position as flames began to spew from beneath the hood, Hanke said.
"The rescuers had to forcefully tear open the driver's side door as it was crushed in the closed position," Hanke said. Some also used a hand-held fire extinguisher to help quash the fire while others untangled the deputy from the wrecked, burning car, she said.
All 12 continued to help him until medical personnel arrived.
Palomino was airlifted to a hospital and treated for his extensive injuries, Hanke said.
The 12 people being honored are: Ron Ballou; Micah Boivin; Gilbert Fimbres; Paul Madewell; Doug McFarland; Benjamin Melendez; Raul Rojas; Felipe Sandoval; Mark J. Soza; Eileen Sykora; Ron Tobin and Adam Welch.
It is nice to see random strangers band together and perform heroically at times it is needed.
Kind of restores my faith in humanity a bit.--
"And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon..."
03-03-08, 06:59 PM #2
yeah that is nice and does restore my faith as well.
We dallied under
Vine maples and sapling alders
Searched for lady slippers
Found blackberry riots and
An old skid road
Brought ghost ferns and
Hollows filled with
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His cyanotic eyes
Were hard enough to make
The sun turn tail and
Tender enough to attract me
To his world of illusion
03-03-08, 07:07 PM #3
Good for them. It's good to see that there are still people out there who are decent like that and are willing to help.Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American G.I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom. ~ Anon
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03-03-08, 07:12 PM #4
God bless them and all like them. Its nice to see some people actually get invovled when they see someone who needs help, regardless of who it is."An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
Some people are meant to be the police......Some people are meant to call the police!!!
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03-03-08, 07:17 PM #5
Wow! Kudos to them
03-03-08, 07:24 PM #6
EFFING amazing...just when I think the world is gone, a ray of hope shines in...500 fights, that's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are.
03-03-08, 07:34 PM #7
03-03-08, 07:36 PM #8
To often the mentality would be "Someone should do something, but that just isn't me" or for a cop I'm sure it'd be much less civil atleast in some places.
03-03-08, 07:37 PM #9
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03-05-08, 03:59 AM #11
That is awesome! From the title of the thread I was expecting something completely different.
03-05-08, 07:03 AM #12
03-05-08, 10:46 AM #13
Way to go guys I give them mad props for that man.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
<Shake and Bake>
03-05-08, 11:16 AM #14
People surprise me all the time. Just when I think I've lost my faith I see strangers acting selflessly to help others. It makes me remember why I came on the job."never bring paws to a gunfight" - Jenna
03-05-08, 07:49 PM #15
Great story, thanks for sharing!
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