March 30, 2005 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Sterling Owen today awarded the department's Life
Saving Award to Officer Todd Strickenberger and Officer Mike Rupe
for saving the life of a trapped accident victim. Both Officer Strickenberger
and Officer Rupe have been with the department since May 2002.
Owen said that on November 6, 2004, officers Strickenberger and Rupe
heard a vehicle crash occur near Middlebrook Pike and Loraine Street.
Both officers responded to the scene immediately. When they arrived
they discovered the victim, Nancy Jenkins, had been thrown from her
vehicle and was trapped underneath a jackknifed trailer that she had
been pulling with her Jeep. The victim was suffering life-threatening
injuries including a rapid loss of blood. The officers immediately
reacted to the situation by rolling the trailer off the victim allowing
for life saving efforts to begin immediately.
Chief Owen said, "The victim was so critically injured that
1st responders did not expect the victim to survive."
"According to Ms. Jenkins' doctors, had she remained pinned
underneath the trailer much longer, she would have bled to death.
Instead, she was recently released from the hospital and should
be able to walk again sometime in the next few months," said
Mayor Haslam said, "It is apparent that had these two officers
not reacted in the manner they did, Ms. Jenkins may have died. Ms.
Jenkins' family members along with the entire Knoxville Police Department
are appreciative for the actions of these fine officers."
Both officers will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and
Chief along with a free dinner from Ruby Tuesday Restaurant.