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February 06, 2008
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Bystanders pull Ariz. deputy from burning squad

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. - Bystanders pulled an injured Pima County sheriff's deputy from his flaming patrol car Wednesday after a traffic accident in Tucson.

Tucson police spokesman Sgt. Mark Robinson says the deputy's cruiser collided with a pickup at an intersection, flipped over and burst into flames.

Several witnesses ran over to the car, rolled it back onto its wheels and then pried the door open and pulled the deputy out.

Robinson says the unidentified deputy suffered burns but is expected to recover. He was flown to a hospital.

Rescuer Paul Madewell of Safford says there was little doubt in his mind what he and the others needed to do.

"Either we were all going to burn, or we were all going to walk out of there," Madewell said.

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