A Bakersfield police officer was honored for her quick thinking and bravery for rescuing and pulling a victim of a car crash away from downed, fiery power lines to safety last month.
Officer Jacqueline Hernandez received a Chief’s Commendation for rescuing a passenger and pulling him away from an overturned car and downed power lines.
The crash happened on Feb. 7 at the intersection of 2nd Street and Union Avenue.
Officer Hernandez was at the scene of a crash where Dwayne Bawinsky was a passenger but was having difficulty breathing. As that was happening, another car, trying to avoid Hernandez and Bawinsky, crashed into a power pole nearby.
That crash caused live power lines to fall and eventually catch fire, burning and cracking the road.
Hernandez managed to drag Bawinsky to safety away from danger and to safety, police said.
Bawinsky was eventually treated for minor injuries, while firefighters at the scene were left awe-struck by Hernandez and her actions.
In the commendation, Chief Lyle Martin said Officer Hernandez “represents the finest principles of the Bakersfield Police Department and law enforcement nationwide.”