Sheriff’s Investigator Pulls Children from Smoking Crash
Parker County Sheriff’s Investigator Nathan Vick rescued several children Monday morning from a single-vehicle accident at Highway 51 North and Veal Station Road.
Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier said a Ford SUV had crashed into a pole around 10 a.m. July 19, when Inv. Vick had completed an unrelated investigation and was heading to the Sheriff’s Office.
Inv. Vick said he saw the SUV in a ditch with seven children under the age of 3, and two female adults trapped inside.
“Another car had stopped and had contacted dispatch,” Inv. Vick said. “They were also trying to get to the children. The car was smoking heavily. I had to climb in the back seat to get to the children.”
Inv. Vick said he immediately saw a car seat pushed against the seat of the vehicle. He said he had to use his knife to cut the car seat straps in order to free the child. He pulled another child to safety through a rear window.
“Once all the children were freed, we moved them to a safe location,” Inv. Vick said.
Emergency personnel arrived on scene and extricated the female adult passenger, who sustained a severe head injury and was transported to an area hospital. Two of the children were also transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries. The female driver was not reportedly injured.
“I would not have been able to help the victims without the assistance of the citizens who also stopped and help,” said Inv. Vick. “I’m just glad we were all in the right place at the right time.”
Sheriff Authier said Vick’s actions were above and beyond the call of duty.
“I applaud Investigator Vick’s emergency response,” said Sheriff Authier. “We set the bar very high here at the Parker County Sheriff’s Office knowing that law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard. We believe that excellence is our minimum standard. Investigator Vick’s actions are ones we hope to see from all our deputies.”
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