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A Fort Worth police officer demonstrated exceptional quick thinking that saved his life over the weekend after he leaped 40 feet off a bridge to avoid being hit by an oncoming vehicle.
The officer was dispatched to assist a motorist on the westbound Loop 820 and Interstate 35 in the early hours of Saturday morning.
While setting up flares, a car suddenly drove towards him, putting him in immediate danger.
Faced with the split-second decision of whether to stay put and risk being hit, or jump over the retaining wall, the officer chose the latter and fell to the concrete ground below.
This courageous decision likely saved the officer’s life, but it did not come without consequences. He was taken to the hospital and, while he remains in critical but stable condition, the severity of his injuries are unclear.
The officer’s identity has not been released, but he has undoubtedly earned the respect and admiration of his fellow officers and the community at large.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested shortly after the incident and police said there is an ongoing investigation to see if the driver was impaired or if any criminal charges will be placed against them.
The incident serves as a reminder of the dangers that law enforcement officers face every day on the job. They put themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve their communities, oftentimes with little to no recognition or appreciation.
The officer’s ability to assess the situation and take decisive action is likely what saved his life and serves as an example of the bravery and professionalism exhibited by law enforcement officers across the country.
We should all take a moment to appreciate the sacrifices they make and the risks they take to keep us safe.
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