SPD Heroes Tell Story of Rescue From Flaming Vehicle [VIDEO]
101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright was joined in-studio Wednesday morning by the winners of KEEL's "Top Cop" winners for August, the brave Shreveport Police officers whose daring rescue on July 12 saved the life of James Stanley of Bastrop. The officers were previously cited for their heroism by both the SPD and the Shreveport City Council.
From a Shreveport Times article detailing their late evening heroism:
Shreveport Police Chief Alan Crump (has) recognized a group of officers for their heroic actions following a deadly automobile crash earlier this month.
On July 12, just after 11:30 p.m., Shreveport Police patrol officers responded to calls for assistance from a Shreveport detective who was on his way home from a call out.
According to police, a collision with a vehicle driving the wrong way on I-49 forced a truck driven by James Stanley, of Bastrop, into the path of a Dodge Charger driven by Rodney Stewart, 34, an on-duty police officer, of Shreveport. Stewart tried to brake and maneuver around the crash but couldn't do so. The Charger struck the truck.
Officers arrived to find a truck on fire and a man trapped inside. Officers worked together and were able to overturn the vehicle and rescue the driver moments before the vehicle became completely engulfed in flames.
On July 24, 2018, those officers were given the Life-Saving Award, one of the department’s most prestigious awards, at a ceremony at today’s Shreveport City Council Meeting.
Those recognized were: K9 Sergeant Dan Sawyer, Sergeant Mike Jones, K9 Corporal Chris Hodges, Corporal Jesse Alexander, Officer Darrell Favis, Officer David Francis, Officer Jason Booze, Officer Roderick Lewis, Officer LeAnn Hodges, and Detective Rodney Stewart.