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Lakewood police officers get life saving awards for saving woman nearly killed escaping fire

Posted at 11:24 PM, Mar 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-19 05:44:43-04

A Lakewood police body camera shows a woman pleading with officers to save her life. Now, their department is calling them heroes.

Back on March 5th, a woman had just busted out a window to help her two small children escape an apartment fire on Arliss Road.

Officers Ryan Summerville and Bryan McNeeley got the call before paramedics.

The woman lacerated arteries in her arms from the glass and was on the verge of bleeding to death.

For the first time in his seven years with the Lakewood police department, Summerville had to pull out his tourniquet and wrapped it around the woman's arm to stop the bleeding.

At the same time, Officer McNelley applied pressure to another severe wound on the woman's other arm.

The officer's tried to calm the woman down and kept applying pressure until paramedics arrived to rush her to the hospital.

The woman needed surgery but was later released from the hospital.

The officers get trauma training every year, but to actually save someone's life is a great reward.

"It makes you feel good. You see her with her two small children and it makes you feel good knowing she's around and able to raise her children, because you helped her," McNeeley said.

Lakewood's police chief gave the officer's life-saving awards confirming them as heroes in the community they serve.

"I don't think I'm a hero at all. It's just a job I do and it's what we're trained for and what we do everyday," Summerville said.