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July 25, 2012
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Bystanders tried to save Colo. cop from fatal crash

Witnesses saw an officer bleeding severely and managed to free him from the wreckage

By PoliceOne Staff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Witnesses to a motorcycle crash that killed an officer took quick action to try to save his life.

Colorado Springs Officer Matthew Tyner was riding his motorcycle Tuesday afternoon when he collided with a car on a parkway, Police Chief Pete Carey said.

Bystanders saw Tyner bleeding severely and managed to free him from the wreckage, according to KOAA. Dan Mercado was at a nearby garden center and retrieved landscaping shears from an employee to help cut Tyner's helmet off as dispatchers relayed instructions via phone.  

The group removed Tyner's helmet successfully and stabilized his head until rescuers arrived, at which point Tyner had stopped breathing, according to Mercado.

Mercado, whose brother is a police officer, said he "was just doing what any other compassionate citizen would do."

An investigation into the crash is ongoing, police spokeswoman Barbara Miller said in a news release.

Tuesday "proved to be devastating to the Colorado Springs Police Department," Carey said.

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