Police officers have just seconds to come up with a plan and act on it when they arrive at the scene of an emergency. Every first responder knows any hesitation or mistakes can be the difference between life or death…
Thankfully for one Ohio woman and her mother, Wadsworth Police Officer Cody Lamielle didn’t hesitate to act for a second when he spotted a car driving erratically. “Ofc. Lamielle was on routine patrol in his district and spotted the vehicle described. He initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at which point the driver indicated she was having mechanical difficulties with her truck,” the Wadsworth Police Department wrote in a statement.
Seconds later, Lamielle noticed smoke coming from under the hood of the car and then a small flame and immediately got to work getting Darlene Richmond and her 88-year-old mother, Helen, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, out of the car. Darlene had no trouble, but Helen can’t walk without assistance and struggled to get out of the car. That’s when Lamielle heroically ran to her door, picked her up in his arms, and carried her to safety seconds before the car went up in flames.
“Everything goes to him, because if he would have been there, I wouldn’t have been able to do this,” said Darlene. “I’m willing to admit that I can’t always pick her up, I don’t have the strength to pick her up, so he did what he had to do – he never lost his cool.”
“It didn’t surprise me. Cody is a very good young officer, and when I saw it, I was very impressed with how he kept his calm, took the right actions,” Wadsworth Police Chief Randall Reinke said. “It’s what I expected from him, and he did a great job.”
Watch the entire video below to see the amazing moment this cop carried an elderly woman to safety just in time.
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