|Officer Receives Special Life Saving Award
November 4, 2004 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Sterling Owen today awarded the department's Life
Saving Award to Officer Robert Taylor. Officer Taylor has been with
the department since May 1994.
Chief Owen said the Life Saving Award is being awarded to Officer
Taylor for his actions on September 22, 2004. While on his way home
at the end of his shift, Officer Taylor heard over the radio that
an automobile crash with injuries had occurred on McKamey Road.
Officer Taylor arrived on the scene, he found a Chevy Camaro had wrecked
into a utility pole. The vehicle was on fire with flames erupting
from the engine compartment. The driver was still in the burning car
injured and disoriented from the crash.
Officer Taylor reached into the vehicle, unlatched the seatbelt from
around the driver and pulled him through the window to safety just
before the vehicle erupted into flames. The driver was transported
to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Chief Owen said, "Officer Taylor exhibited quick thinking and calm
reasoning that possibly resulted in the driver's life being saved.
And for that the department, the victim's family and this entire community
are grateful for his heroic actions."
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