Shreveport Police Officers who saved man from burning vehicle speaks

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A group of Shreveport officers say it’s all in a day’s work, putting their lives on the line for another.

Detective Rodney Stewart was on his way home from work.

“The vehicle went to pass me, next thing you know it was kind of lights out,” said Stewart.

He ended up in a major crash on Interstate-49.

“The impact it knocked me out,” said Stewart.

He says he woke up with a headache.

He doesn’t remember calling for back up but is thankful he did.

He and other officers were able to rescue 25-year old James Stanley from an overturned truck that was overtaken by flames, the night of July, 12th. 

“Obviously, the individual was partially objected from the truck we just needed to get him out,” said Sgt. Michael Jones who is also apart of the group.

“We signed up to do a job you know as far as to protect in this community we all love. You know that’s why we serve in this community,” said Stewart.

“We do whatever we need to do daily, it has nothing to do with wanting to be called a hero or anything to that effect. We just did what we needed to do to save that individual,” said Sgt, Jones.

This week at Shreveport’s city council meeting they were recognized by the police chief for their actions.

“Us as officers we are here to help. Award or not though, just that night alone and seeing how we all came together that’s an award in its self,” said Stewart.

We spoke with James Stanley’s father and he says his son is in good condition at University Health- Shreveport.

Police tell us Stanley had surgery yesterday.

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