Of­fi­cer Pulls Woman From Fire

Catron Courier - - News -

Last month’s photo was of an old pole cor­ral dec­o­rated with sun­flow­ers near MM 4, Hwy 60. Do you know where this month’s photo was taken?

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On July 10, 2020, at about 2:08 PM a fifty-five-year-old Alam­ogordo woman, was in­volved in a crash that left her un­con­scious in her burn­ing car. The in­ci­dent started on US High­way 285 near mile­post 48 north of Carls­bad when the vic­tim, who was trav­el­ing south­bound, veered off the road­way for un­known rea­sons and struck a con­crete bar­rier caus­ing her 2008 Saturn to roll.

New Mex­ico State Po­lice Of­fi­cer Edgar Palo­marez was on pa­trol in the area and came upon the crash. The of­fi­cer rushed to the woman’s aid, finding her un­con­scious, not breath­ing and still wear­ing her seat belt. The of­fi­cer pulled her from the wreck­age as the en­gine com­part­ment ig­nited into flames.

Of­fi­cer Palo­marez be­gan CPR on the vic­tim, as a good Sa­mar­i­tan stopped to as­sist him in ren­der­ing aid. When the vic­tim be­gan breath­ing on her own, the of­fi­cer then ex­tin­guished the ve­hi­cle fire.

After ex­tin­guish­ing the fire, the of­fi­cer ap­plied tourni­quets to the vic­tim’s arms to con­trol the bleed­ing from in­juries sus­tained dur­ing the crash. Carls­bad Fire De­part­ment ar­rived and trans­ported the vic­tim to Carls­bad where she was then flown to a Lub­bock, TX hos­pi­tal. Her cur­rent con­di­tion is un­known.

Of­fi­cer Edgar Palo­marez’s quick think­ing, along with the help of the good Sa­mar­i­tan, can be thanked, which al­lowed the vic­tim to be pulled to safety and given the life­sav­ing care needed to get her to the hos­pi­tal. The cause of the crash is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the New Mex­ico State Po­lice.

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