Off-Duty Cleveland Co. Deputy Saves Man From Burning Car

Monday, October 8th 2018, 4:17 pm
By: News 9

A man is alive after a Cleveland County deputy pulled him from a burning car on Wednesday night, the sheriff's office reported Monday.

About 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3., a 2008, two-door Chevrolet Cobalt went off the roadway and took out two power poles near the intersection of Duffy Road and 180th Street.

Cleveland County deputy Kyle Turner was off-duty and had been hunting. On his days off from working at the Cleveland County sheriff's office, he works as a volunteer firefighter for Cedar Country Fire and was on call. 

Turner said he was about five miles away from the crash and was first on the scene. 

Turner saw the man was half in and half out of the car and quickly geared up in his firefighting gear. As a volunteer firefighter, Turner always carries his fire gear with him. 

Turner jumped over the power poles and lines and was able to pull the man out of the immediate danger zone. Turner said he did touch the power line, but he was jumping and both feet were off the ground or he would have been shocked. 

The man suffered cuts to his legs and couldn't walk. Turner said he thought the man may have had a broken leg. 

The man, who wasn't identified, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

“Turner never gave up the fight to save that man's life,” Cleveland County Lt. Michael Russell said. “I know, without a doubt, the victim was only moments from death when our deputies arrived.”