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Shorewood Officers Honored for Daring Rescue of Man from Burning Car

Village officials awarded officers with plaques after they pulled a unconscious man from a burning car last month.

One of the two officers shattered the car window with his baton, they both fought through the smoke to get to the unconscious man and drag him to safety before a small explosion erupted inside the burning car.

It sounds like a scene from an action flick, but that’s the story behind how two , as described by Shorewood Police Chief David Banaszynski.

Banaszynski said the officer's heroic effort saved the man's life and he, along with other village officials, honored Officer Deanna Otto and Officer John Schaal at a Village Board meeting Monday with life saving plaques for their daring rescue of an elderly man.

According to Banaszynski, the victim had suffered a medical condition while driving through the parking lot and crashed into five parked vehicles. His car sparked into flames after coming to a rest at the northeast corner the lot.

Otto received her plaque Monday night, but Schaal couldn’t make the ceremony.

N. Peske February 08, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Hooray for our brave officers! Shorewood may seem like a quiet place, but a police officer or firefighter never knows when that moment may come that he or she may have to take a huge risk for the good of the community and its citizens.
Lyle Ruble February 08, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Congratulations to John and Deanna, job well done! This is why the Westies support the patrol officers.

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