Officers Honored for Heroic Acts
DATE: May 26, 2015
RE: Jesus “Eddie” Campa presents MPD MVPs
MARSHALL: Marshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa is proud to present this week’s
Marshall Police Department MVPs – Officers Zach Lastra, James Leming and Justin Clark.
On Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 0320 MPD Patrol officers were dispatched to the intersection of Hwy 59 North and Hwy 80 in reference to a two vehicle traffic crash. Upon arrival it was determined that one vehicle had come to rest in the northbound lanes of Hwy 59 and was on fire. The first responding officer observed several bystanders and witnesses were attempting to extinguish the fire and extract the passengers, a mother and two children from the vehicle. The bystanders were able to remove the children from the vehicle and move them to a safe location while MPD patrol officers deployed fire extinguishers to fight the vehicle fire. Officer Zach Lastra was able to get the driver out of that vehicle after she resisted efforts by several people to get her out of the burning car and then determine that there were no other occupants inside the car.
Officer James Leming used his patrol unit’s fire extinguisher to fight the fire at very close proximity to the flames. He then assisted with comforting the children and assessing their injuries. He was able to control the incoherent driver that Ofc. Lastra removed from the burning car and secure her in his patrol unit.
Officer Justin Clark immediately went to the second vehicle and got inside of the vehicle in an effort to communicate with that driver. He was unable to find a pulse or remove the driver from the vehicle but stayed with him until MFD personnel arrived to assess his injuries. Ofc. Clark communicated with arriving MFD personnel and supervisors on scene to relay information about where responding vehicles needed to prioritize their response and aid.
Chief Campa stated that the men and women of the Marshall Police Department stand as one in offering the condolences to the family and friends of the driver who lost his life in this horrific tragedy.
“We are grateful to the bystanders who provided aid to those involved in this
incident and offered care and kindness to complete strangers,” Chief Campa said, “The officers are living proof that we are true to our motto – ‘Putting Community First.’ The city of Marshall is honored to have these three great officers serving our community.”