Deputy Injured Rescuing Kids From Fiery Wreck
PHILLIPS COUNTY, Kan. A Deputy Sheriff is being hailed as a hero for the rescue of two small children after stopping to assist a disabled vehicle started a chain of events that would see multiple vehicles totaled on November 4th.
The chaotic scene that greeted other officers and emergency personnel was something that would make many fear the worst, but thanks to deputy John Miner, two lives were saved as a semi-trailer plowed into his patrol car, sending it into the ditch. Following that, the semi continued on, hitting two other vehicles, which soon burst into flames.
Deputy Miner sprung into action, entering one of the vehicles and immediately cutting a two-year-old boy from his car seat, handing him to other adults as he returned to the burning vehicle and cut a 4-year-old girl from her car seat suffering burns himself as one of his trouser legs caught fire.
A member of the public was able to assist the deputy in extinguishing the fire as he retrieved the second child.
The deputy received third-degree burns to his legs in the rescue attempt and has been transferred to a specialist hospital to begin recovery from his wounds.