Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Captain Carrie Stuart, assigned to the Pitchess Detention Center South Facility, was driving southbound of San Francisquito Canyon Road in the Santa Clarita Valley on the evening of December 7, 2012.
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She collided head-on with another vehicle and her vehicle burst into flames as the other vehicle rolled onto its side.
Mr. Gregory Lindaman was the first person on the scene of this horrific accident. He rushed to Captain Stuart’s car, which was fully engulfed in flames, and tried to open the driver’s side door without success. He then ran to his car to retrieve a blanket, approached the passenger side of Stuart’s vehicle, reached in and wrapped her with the blanket, and pulled her out and dragged her over 100 yards to safety.
Mr. Lindaman then ran to the other vehicle involved in the collision, punched out the driver’s side window, pulled the victim out, and dragged him to safety as well.
Both drivers were transported to the hospital. Captain Stuart remained in critical condition for some time but survived the accident due to Mr. Lindaman’s incredible bravery.
**** About the Valor Award: California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris on July 25, 2013, convened law enforcement leaders from Los Angeles and Orange counties for a regional meeting to discuss priorities and share information. As part of the meeting at LAPD HQ, Attorney General Harris presented commendation and valor awards to peace officers and citizens nominated for their efforts to protect public safety in 2012.
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Source: Santa Clarita News