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Police officer risks life to save teen stuck in car on fire

Police Officer Risks Life to Save Teen Stuck in Car on Fire

Oklahoma police officer Clayton Hicks put his life on the line when he decided to rescue Edison High School senior Zach Whitney, who was stuck inside a burning car.

Whitney told KOKI he thought he was going to die ('I accepted death') and he is so thankful to Hicks.

Whitney says his friend, who was driving, had tried to switch lanes when he lost control of the car. He was in the middle of the back seat without a seat belt.

Whitney says he still has flashbacks of the awful event. He suffered from 4 broken ribs, a collapsed lung and a fractured lower back and says he couldn't move to get out of the car.

KOTV reports the officer had no idea this would happen on what started as a typical Saturday morning patrol.

'It was great to be out here and be at the right place at the right time. That's what we signed up for is to help people, and it's good when that stuff comes into fruition,' Hicks said.

All five passengers were taken to a local hospital. Officer Hicks is truly a hero.

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alvertis4 February 22 2014 at 11:40 PM

Thanks Officer Hicks...

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Rachel February 22 2014 at 11:06 PM

Why did the driving loose control from switching lanes? Speeding? Drag racing? Lucky to be alive no matter what. But something other than just switching lanes caused this accident.

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gneutron February 23 2014 at 12:38 AM

This makes a difference? Maybe there was another car in the lane he was trying to switch to and didn't see it and had to swerve to avoid it. I'm assuming the driver was young and inexperienced but even a veteran driver can have that happen. I see all the time where I have my blinker on to change lanes and all of the sudden another car decides to change into the same lane without any indication. This story was about a great police officer that risked his life to save others though.

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Jason February 22 2014 at 11:03 PM

All hail Officer hicks!

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jmcinthe812 February 22 2014 at 10:44 PM

I hope that the Lord Blesses that brave Officer .

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powerstroke February 22 2014 at 10:43 PM


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Karen February 22 2014 at 10:37 PM

That is the kind of man you would consider yourself lucky to have as a friend.

You are just awesome, dude!

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Mike Hulgin February 22 2014 at 9:51 PM

Those Men and Woman put the Life on the Line when they show up for Duty. They deserve a lot of respect. That's no easy job.... I know a few that got hurt pretty bad at that line of work.....

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Penny Cranston February 22 2014 at 9:14 PM

Officer Hicks sir...there will be many jewels in your crown when you get to Heaven. God bless you.

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spokajo February 22 2014 at 9:00 PM

There are heros all over the world and Officer Hicks is one of them and that young man is very lucky that a "true hero" was close by and, in total disregard for his own life, took the actions which saved his life. Thank you Officer Hicks, you are a true example of Law Enforcement Officers everywhere.

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wtr24 February 22 2014 at 8:37 PM

Does anyone stop to think that for everyone bad Police Officer that there are maybe 100 good Officers out there trying hard to do their jobs.

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jacknau February 22 2014 at 8:57 PM

Thank you for a very wise comment

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donahuepapad123 February 22 2014 at 10:15 PM

yes i do , and i just post that same statement on another post , and thank you for posting it here , sometimes the media frenzy gets out of control on a story about an abusive officer , and we need to remember that most are good people trying to do the right thing ...

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