Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputies Help Save Man Trapped Under Van

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

An Oaklawn man says he owes his life to three quick acting first responders who rescued him after his van slipped of its jack and pinned him to the ground.

“The vehicle was on my face and I was pinned at my chest. I couldn't move at all. I kept yelling for my Dad, 'I'm going to die, help,'” Justin Burris said.

Justin Burris's Dad called 911 and the first to respond were Sergeant Gary Hargus and Deputies Joe Page and Christy Fischer.

“Well my only thought was to get it off him and to get him out before it did collapse because it was moving,” Sgt. Gary Hargus said.

“I just turned around and ran and Christy and I were passing each other I just yelled, 'Go grab your jack,'” Deputy Joe Page said.

While Sgt. Hargus kept Justin calm, Deputy Fischer tried to keep the van steady so Deputy Page could use the car jack to raise the van and free Justin.

“I just grabbed his pant legs and pulled,” Sgt. Hargus said.

“It's not very often that we get dispatched to situations like this and we get a happy ending,” Deputy Christy Fischer said.

Justin Burris credits his happy ending to the three sheriff's officers.

“I just want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You guys did all you could and it saved my life,” Burris said.

Burris calls them heroes but ask the deputies and officer and they say what they did is just in their job description.

“I don't think we did anything more than any other deputy would have done,” Sgt Hargus said.

“I think we were doing our jobs,” Deputy Page said.

“If you're not ready to do this type of stuff than you're probably not cut out for emergency services. I'm just glad he's OK,” Deputy Fischer said.

Both the Sedgwick County officers and the victim was what happened Tuesday to serve as a reminder to be very careful while working under or around cars. They say never raise a car on jacks when you're on an incline. Make sure the parking brake is one and make sure the wheels are blocked with wood or sturdy wedge so they can't move.

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