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Officer comforting woman pinned by bus: I'll stay

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 05:38 a.m. HST, Dec 16, 2011


WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah >>  A Utah police officer who held the hand of a frightened 24-year-old badly injured woman pinned under a bus said he promised not to leave her until she got out alive.

A photo captures West Valley City officer Kevin Peck wedged between an icy street and the undercarriage of a commuter bus Monday, his blue latex-gloved hands clutching the hands of a Aryann Smith, whose legs were crushed.

"She was very scared. She asked me not to leave. So I said I would just stay under there with her until we got her out," Peck told the Deseret News.

The nine-year department veteran was around the corner when a Utah Transit Authority bus struck and ran over Smith around 10:30 a.m. in a crosswalk.

Peck said he crawled under the bus to take a pulse on the woman, whose legs were gashed open and whose face was hardly visible behind blood and her hair. Smith told him she couldn't feel anything below her waist.

The two didn't let go until fire crews lifted the vehicle off of her.

"She was afraid she was going to die. And myself being under there, I'm just praying and hoping for some reason the bus doesn't move," Peck said. "We're right next to the tire underneath the bus, just trying to reassure her and keep her calm."

The woman told Peck she had been on her way to see a child who her mother was caring for down the road when she was struck. Peck said it took several minutes for emergency personnel to slide a backboard below Smith and pull her from under the vehicle.

She was taken to the hospital, and is not expected to lose her legs.

Police say it appears the bus driver didn't see Smith while she was in the crosswalk and failed to yield. Authorities say the driver was cited and is on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Peck said he hopes to visit Smith in the hospital, and told the newspaper that the experience reminded him of why he became an officer in the first place — to help people.

"I think sometimes as a police officer I forget that, until you're in a situation that doesn't require arresting anybody or investigating some sort of crime," he said. 







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Mulepower wrote:
Awesome story.... the ones we all like to hear!
on December 15,2011 | 06:33AM
areyoukidding wrote:
agree great story. should be year round and not just at christmas.
on December 15,2011 | 08:29AM
stereo wrote:
Finally something postive buried in tons of negative news
on December 15,2011 | 08:32AM
LizKauai wrote:
God Bless. This is the kind of news that should be at the forefront...so nice to see positive comments too!
on December 15,2011 | 09:10AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Great story. Good thing she wasn't hit by a Roberts bus, otherwise she would be dead.
on December 15,2011 | 09:58AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I think what the officer did was great but let's not forget those who do this kind of thing when it is not their job or get paid for it. The police officer was being paid for the time he did his good deed. But many who put their lives on the line are not firemen or police officers. Many of them have no stake in the situation but risk their lives. Had the officer not stayed with the woman he probably would have been reprimanded. I know that most people including myself would have done the same thing even though they have stayed with the woman. Yes, there are those who would just leave and go on such as those that leave in a hit-and-run accident. But there are those who are decent enough to do the good deed.
on December 15,2011 | 10:21AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Big time props to that officer. Good job bruddah!
on December 15,2011 | 10:30AM
silvangold wrote:
Definately an assed to the Utah PD! and thank goodness the woman is alive; the accident could have been much worse.
on December 15,2011 | 11:01AM
CartwrightPark wrote:
God bless!
on December 15,2011 | 04:23PM
Papakolea wrote:
Great story.
on December 15,2011 | 06:51PM
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