Friday, December 21, 2012



Hero Cop Saves Woman

Officer injured after smashing car window to free driver

Released by RCMP Cst. Tracy Wolbeck/Voice photo


A Chilliwack RCMP officer above, who prefers to remain unnamed, talks with Mayor Sharon Gaetz at CGH Wednesday. The officer was treated for cuts and bruises to one of his hands after rescuing a trapped woman earlier that day.


n December 19, 2012, Chilliwack RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 call from a woman who advised that her vehicle that had gone into a ditch and flipped on it's roof on Gibson Road.


As the driver, and lone occupant, of the vehicle stayed on the line with a 9-1-1 operator, she stated that her vehicle was very quickly filling with water and was already at her waist. After this statement, the line was disconnected.


Several members of the Chilliwack RCMP General Duty section arrived on the scene to see the vehicle with only its tires exposed through the deep water. The officers knew time was running out and acted quickly. As several officers entered the water to help lift the car up enough to expose the back window, another member attempted to break a window with a window punch.


This did not do the job so the officer punched the window several times with his fist. He was able to gain entry to the vehicle and pull the woman to safety with the officer and the victim swimming to the surface of the ditch. The victim was transferred to a waiting ambulance and treated for stage 1 hypothermia at Chilliwack General Hospital.


The driver of the vehicle is an 18-year-old Chilliwack woman.


"By the time police reached me, the water was up to my neck," said the victim who does not wish to be identified. "A bunch of the officers went in the water to lift the car and the next thing I knew I was being pulled out, we had to swim. I am just so grateful to everyone who was there yesterday to help me."

"This is such a heroic act," said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck. "A lot of bravery and selflessness on the part of all the officers involved went into saving this woman's life yesterday." One officer received several stitches to his hand as well as a bad sprain.


Found in the young girl's vehicle after it had been pulled from the water was an ornament of a guardian angel she didn't know was in the vehicle. This was returned to her and now hangs on the family Christmas tree.



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