A woman who saw an overturned police cruiser and stopped to see how she could help was thanked Monday at meeting of the Glasgow City Council.
Glasgow Police Department Chief Guy Turcotte presented Susan Branstetter with a certificate of recognition for her “selfless act of valor.” Branstetter also got hug from the beneficiary of her efforts, GPD Officer Justin Kirkpatrick.
Turcotte said that in many circumstances, police officers are called upon to respond “in the blink of an eye” to assist members of the community.
“It’s rare that we find ourselves on the other end of that same response,” he said.
On the morning of Jan. 17, Kirkpatrick left his home and was driving along Lexington Drive on his way to work when his car hit “an invisible sheet of black ice, causing him to lose control of the patrol vehicle, which hit an embankment and then overturned, trapping him inside,” Turcotte said.
Branstetter saw the scene, knew an officer needed help and came to his aid not knowing what she would find, he said.
“She stayed with Officer Kirkpatrick to reassure him and help him stay calm until emergency personnel arrived to extricate him,” Turcotte said.
Kirkpatrick, whose wife, Marna, had been holding Branstetter’s hand, then had a turn to speak.
“Thank you so much for being there. I know God sent you to be with me and keep me calm,” Kirkpatrick told Branstetter. “You made me feel comfortable and safe.”
Kirkpatrick told Branstetter he owed her a “great debt of thanks” and gave her a hug.
He also thanked the emergency personnel who were at the scene.
“We have a great set of first responders – everybody should be proud of them,” Kirkpatrick said, mentioning Glasgow Fire Department Chief Tony Atwood and the “great job” firefighters did.
The Glasgow High School Lady Scotties basketball team was also recognized at the meeting. Mayor Rhonda Riherd Trautman presented a certificate of recognition to the four seniors on the team – Shalika Smith, Emily Alexander, Ashley Smith and Hydeia Depp – and their coach, Justin Stinson. The team won the 2014 Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic girls’ state championship Feb. 2.
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