By Megan Sando
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Three Stillwater Police Department officers have been recognized for helping a family recover from the horror of hitting a tree in August.
After the family’s car blew a tire near I-35 and Waterloo Road, the SUV veered off the road to the right, then rolled once and struck a tree, coming to rest in an upright position, according to police.
The father, Filiberto Alferez, 34, and the baby were ejected from the car.
When emergency responders arrived, 1-year-old Arturo Alferez was rescued from under the tailpipe of the still running SUV. The infant sustained serious burns.
The father was semi-conscious on the ground and the mother, Ana Martinez, 22, was trapped in the SUV, medically stable but hysterical.
Officers Jeremy Rager and Charles Murphy and Lt. Doug Nichols were able to assess the accident quickly as a team. Rager ran to his patrol car to get a jack and lift the SUV off the baby while Murphy shut the engine off.
Nichols, who has been on the force 22 years, crawled under the car to dislodge the baby and has been awarded the Life Saving Medal. Rager, 10 years on the force, and Murphy, nine years on the force, have been awarded the Command Commendation.
A police media release states that “it is obvious our officers took the initiative to do what they had to do to help out on this incident, without their actions the outcome would have been much more serious.”