‘We are eternally grateful’: Three recognized for saving Nebraska deputy from crash
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Three men were awarded by the Nebraska State Patrol on Wednesday for saving a Scotts Bluff County sheriff’s deputy from a crash.
Friends and family gathered to honor the three citizens who saved Deputy Josh Ruzicka’s life.
On April 18, Kealan Hawley, Robert Regester and Keagan Shifflett saw Ruzicka’s vehicle crash and catch on fire near Scottsbluff.
Ruzicka had suffered a medical incident while driving on Highway 71. His vehicle then left the road, hit an embankment and caught fire, the patrol said.
The three went up to the vehicle and found Ruzicka inside unconscious.
They then broke the window and pulled Ruzicka outside to safety.
“With no regard for your own safety, you forced your way into the burning vehicle and extricated the deputy, moving him to safety,” Sheriff Mark Overman said. “We are eternally grateful for the selflessness and bravery that you have showed to save a life.”
Ruzicka, who has recovered, was there to help present the awards.
“If they wouldn’t have stopped, I wouldn’t be here today,” he said. “It’s good to know we still have good people out there who are willing to help.”