As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
July 25, 2012
Bystanders tried to save Colo. cop from fatal crash
Officer Down: Matthew Tyner - [Colorado Springs, Colorado]
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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