FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Contact: Rob Tufano, CMPD Public Affairs Office
Lt. Eric Brady and Sgt. Kenny Jones
On August 15, 2013, Lt. Eric Brady and Sgt. Kenny Jones responded to a call of a motor vehicle accident at the corner of Harris Blvd and Robinson Church Road Rd. When they arrived on scene, they discovered a Chevrolet Suburban that had run off the road and into a house. The impact of the collision was so severe that the house was knocked off its foundation. The vehicle was partly in the home and there was so much damage that the driver was trapped inside.
When Sgt. Jones and Lt. Brady arrived, they discovered the vehicle had erupted into flames and was rapidly spreading to the passenger area where the driver was trapped inside. Sgt. Jones and Lt. Brady had to act quickly to keep the driver from being burned alive. When Sgt. Jones and Lt. Brady ran to the vehicle with their fire extinguishers in hand they discovered that the force of the impact knocked the house from its foundation thus causing the main power supply to the house to fall on the ground next to the vehicle.
As Sgt. Jones and Lt. Brady got closer to the vehicle, they could see that the fire was now burning the driver as he was screaming for help. Despite knowing that there was a live downed power line next to the vehicle, Sgt. Jones and Lt. Brady made the decision to go forward to the vehicle in an attempt to subdue the flames and keep the driver from being burned alive.
Sgt. Jones was first to approach the vehicle and deploy his extinguisher, this kept the flames from spreading, however once he stopped, the flames started to erupt again. This time, Lt. Brady approached the window and deployed his extinguisher in the cab of the vehicle to keep the flames suppressed. While doing this both officers were very cautious to avoid contact with the live power line that was lying on the ground next to the vehicle.
As Lt. Brady was utilizing his extinguisher in the cab of the vehicle, the fire department arrived and began to assume control of the scene. The fire was subsequently put out and the driver was cut free of the vehicle and rushed to CMC Main where he was treated for life threatening injuries.
When the fire chief arrived on scene, she stated that the quick action from Sgt. Jones and Lt. Brady more than likely prevented Mr. Payne from being burned alive inside his vehicle.
As a result of the accident, the victim had his legs crushed and suffered severe burns however due to the quick actions of Sgt. Jones and Lt. Brady and their willingness to put their safety in jeopardy to save , he is alive today.