Officer commended Saturday for a brave rescue effort

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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 2/08 11:27 pm Published: 2/08 11:07 pm

A Tulsa police officer is being commended for his bravery after pulling a man from a burning car.

FOX23 first brought you this story on FOX23 News This Morning Saturday.

Police say the car was headed south on Harvard Avenue when the driver lost control and hit a curb, running into a traffic light and a power pole.

FOX23 was told how officers were able to save the lives of the vehicle’s occupants.

Tulsa Officer Clay Hicks said what started as a routine overnight patrol quickly became a matter of life and death as he pulled a man out of athe burning car.

Hicks said it all happened so fast there wasn't time to think about it.

Hicks said he was southbound on Harvard Avenue near 27th Street when he saw a car on fire.

Four people were able to get out of the wreck but one man was still inside.

"He was in and out of consciousness in the back seat," said Hicks.

Hicks pulled him from the fiery car, but there were other dangers.

"I knew there were power lines that were live and still hanging," said Hicks.

He acted quickly to make sure everyone was safe.

"There was a female who was positioned underneath a power line. I was able to drag her out from underneath where the line was," he said.

There was another danger: The traffic light at the intersection wasn't secure after the car hit it.

"Other officers were able to move the other individuals back at which time the traffic light shifted and the power line fell to ground where those people were laying," Hicks said.

Despite his brave actions, Hicks said he was just doing his job.

“Right place, right time. Anybody out [here] would have done the same," he said.

Officers who worked the crash say the driver lost control and hit a curb.

They told FOX23 the road was wet and the crash may have been caused by bad weather.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/9/2014 3:51 AM
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It is definitely refreshing to actually see officers that protect and serve. Keep up the good work.
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