Police, Good Samaritan honored for rescuing 4 from crash

The life-saving efforts of some police officers and a Good Samaritan were recognized by the City of Irving Tuesday night for their actions last month, when a car with three women and a child lost control on a slick road and ended up upside down in a flooded creek.

Truck driver Tammy Stavricos made the 911 call about the March 20 crash after seeing it on Hwy.114 in Irving.

"They're stuck in there," Stavricos said to the 911 operator.

"There's two people stuck inside?" asked the operator.

"Yes," said Stavricos. "…I got to put the phone down and see if I can help."

The three women and child, Camren Brinson, were stuck inside.

"I had to get cut through the seat belt," said Brinson. "My auntie helped me cut through the seat belt and it was scary."

"I just remember being under water and reaching for my seat belt, and once I finally got out, I saw my cousin ahead with her injuries, and I saw Miss Tammy come from the other side, and she was able to help her keep her head above water, because she was in an out of consciousness," said Erica Johnson.

Estella Jackson had leg and head injuries.

"Estella kept falling down in the water, so I picked her up and held her," said Stavricos. "But God is good and I think He has divine appointments…so, I just put my hands under her armpits basically, scooped her up and held her until the police got there."

"Got rid of this gear…I'm literally running down this hill, throwing everything off, and I see one of the ladies and her boy outside of the vehicle leaned up against the car, just in shock," said Officer Mike McLain with the Irving Police Department.

Officer McLain got in the water, trying to free the driver, Vanessa Dean, when Sgt. Joe Bradford arrived.

"He was yelling for a knife," said Bradford. "She was…the seatbelt had her pinned in…I gave him my knife, he cut her out. It was really difficult to move around. Probably foot or foot-and-a-half deep of mud that we were sloshing around in."

The crash victims and rescuers were reunited Tuesday at an award ceremony, where Stavricos and the officers received lifesaving awards.

"You were the first one to pull over, and we really appreciate you stopping and helping our family that day," said Dean. "Thank you!"

"It really feels good to help someone like that and to see them out and about and happy," said Bradford.

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