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College Station police officer receives Lifesaving Award after rescuing man from burning car

“Due to his quick thinking, calm demeanor and selfless reaction Officer Bradford was instrumental in saving the passenger’s life.”
Officer Collin Bradford shakes hands with the man he helped save from a burning car.
Officer Collin Bradford shakes hands with the man he helped save from a burning car.(College Station Police Department)
Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 1:25 PM CST
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - College Station police officer, Collin Bradford, received the Lifesaving Award after he rescued a man from a burning car.

On Aug. 12, 2020 Bradford was on his way to the first day of a field training program when he saw a car leave State Highway 30, roll and hit a power pole. According to CSPD, the officer immediately pulled over, and with the help of a good Samaritan pulled the driver out of the car.

Bradford then became aware that there was a passenger in the car and that the vehicle was beginning to catch fire. The passenger door could not be opened due to the crash so Bradford went over to the broken driver’s side window and began pulling the passenger out with the help of the good Samaritan.

The car soon became engulfed in flames, according to CSPD, but because of the officer’s quick thinking everyone made it out alive.

The passenger said that if it hadn’t been for Officer Bradford and the good Samaritan, he would have died.

“Due to his quick thinking, calm demeanor and selfless reaction Officer Bradford was instrumental in saving the passenger’s life,” said a statement from CSPD.

Chief Billy Couch presented Bradford with the Lifesaving Award in November.

“It was a way to get the ‘First Day jitters’ out,” said Bradford at the award ceremony.

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