ECPD shows appreciation to officer and deputy who pulled person from burning vehicle

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 2:19 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - An Eau Claire police officer and an Eau Claire County sheriff's deputy are recognized for their efforts in saving a person from a crashed vehicle.

On Tuesday, officers responded to a one vehicle crash near Short Street and Fehr Road.

Dash cam video from the crash shows Officer Xiong and Deputy Eaton as they pull a person from a vehicle that had a smoldering engine.

At the time of being pulled out of the vehicle, the person was not breathing and did not have a pulse, so the two officers started life saving measures.

Officer Xiong says, "When we respond to the scene we have an idea of what we're going to see but we never expect to see something like that. You know it's just second nature to us and we just kind of act on what we see in front of us and definitely adrenaline was running."

Officials also noted the help of Good Samaritans William Whitis and Chris and Heidi Edison. They said up until now they did not know the names of those who helped them, so they also thank them for their help.

The person was transported to the hospital where they are expected to survive.

The Eau Claire Police Department is showing appreciation to Officer Xiong and Eau Claire Sheriff’s Office Deputy Eaton who pulled someone from a burning vehicle.

ECPD says both Xiong and Eaton performed life saving measures until the person was transported to a local medical facility.

The victim is expected to survive.

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