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Police pull man from burning car

By Jimmy Reilly     Mar 7, 2012 in Lifestyle
Keizer - Two police officers have been awarded Medals of Valor by the City of Keizer, OR after their heroic actions saved a man trapped in a burning car.
Sgt. Andrew Copeland and Officer Rodney Bamford of the Keizer, OR Police department were awarded the city's Medal because of their action during an accident last September. The camera in the officer's car captured a two-and-a-half minute sequence on video of the two officers racing to help an injured motorist.
According to KATU , the camera began capturing the scene when a car that had been traveling down Salem's River Road at high speed crashed into a utility pole and flipped upside down.
The rescue was not an easy one, as the officers were unable to pull the man from the car through the driver's side, and had to enter the car through the passenger side.
“Officer Bamford and I come back around to the passenger side and we basically climb inside the car and then start, both of us together are able to unwedge this guy from the driver’s side and then pull him out,” Copeland said
Bamford, a former detective who chose to go back out on patrol to “get reacquainted with the road,” said it’s days like this that make the job great.
They were awarded the medals at Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting.
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