Ohio policeman acts swiftly to save child from rollover accident
TWINSBURG, Ohio (WOIO) – Police Officer Yamil Encarnacion received praise from his superiors after crawling into an overturned car to rescue a small child who was trapped inside and strapped to a child safety seat.
Encarnacion rescued Emma Jameson’s 4-year-old daughter, who was stuck in her broken down car. Police said that upon noticing the little girls’ legs losing color, Encarnacion jumped into the action, crawling through the wreckage, freeing the child’s safety seat and pulling her out of the car.
“Everything from there was so fast,” Jameson said. “I remember seeing the only officer carrying my daughter and the car seat, then he went back to get my son and there was only blood on his arms.”
The mother said she was going to the bank on Saturday with her three children. She told police she was trying to overtake a slow car on her left, and as she changed lanes, a car in front of her also moved into the left lane. She said the driver of that car suddenly applied the brakes, forcing her to apply her brakes. She said she over-corrected, and her car pulled off the road and overturned, ending up in the eastbound lanes of 480. Jameson says it’s all a blur, but as soon as she got there everything what she could think of were her children.
“Right away my children, how can I get them out? How can I make sure everyone is okay, I heard them all screaming so I knew none of them were dead, ”Jameson recalls.
The mother says that good Samaritans immediately came to her aid and the police arrived almost instantly.
“Someone tore up my door, and by the time they did, I had already pulled a child out of the car seat and was holding them in my arms,” she said. “And I got out, I went to drop him off and I turned around to get my other kids out, and there were some men already there trying to get them out.”
After Encarnacion saved his daughter, he returned to find his son.
“It was very scary,” Jameson said. “I don’t know. I owe this officer my life.
Jameson said his youngest son escaped the crash with some minor bruising. Her daughter has had x-rays but has no fractures, her other son has a small scratch on his head and she has a few minor scratches.
“Relieved, still scared to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, but very relieved and grateful that we are all okay with this,” the mother said. “People keep telling me we shouldn’t have lived.
Jameson said his daughter was still very shaken by the ordeal, but luckily all of her children are doing well. She says she will never forget this officer and what he did for her and her family.
“This is why I am honored to work with the best police and police personnel in the world,” said Twinsburg Police Chief Christopher Noga.
Watch video of the body-camera rescue here on the Twinsburg Police Department’s Facebook page.
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