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March 13, 2012
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Video: Ore. cops honored for fiery rescue

Dazed, the victim initially refused help


KEIZER, Ore. — Two Keizer, Oregon police officers have been awarded the Medal of Valor for freeing a man trapped in a car involved in a fiery wreck last fall. Dashcam video showed the terrifying scene, as an electrical transformer burned next to a car that flipped after hitting a power pole in North Salem.

"The power pole was hit with such force it broke in half, with part of it being thrown into an unoccupied vehicle that was parked just a few feet from the crash," Keizer Capt. Jeffrey Kuhns said. "The initial caller to 9-1-1 reported the crashed vehicle had came to rest on its top and there were people screaming. The transformer from the power pole came to rest on top of the parked vehicle and there were live power lines that were down."

Sgt. Andrew Copeland and Officer Rodney Bamford were first to arrive on the scene. When they realized a man was trapped inside the car, they worked to pull him out. Dazed, the victim initially refused and officers could be heard struggling.

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