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  For Immediate Release: February 10, 2016
Contact: Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Trooper and Officer Received Certificates of Recognition for Life-Saving Efforts

WEST JEFFERSON – Tpr. Michael D. Rucker of the West Jefferson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Columbus Police Officer Amy Detweiler were honored today for their heroic actions. They were presented with Certificates of Recognition at the West Jefferson Post by Capt. Shawn Lee, Columbus District Commander.

On October 25, 2015, at approximately 2:36 a.m., Tpr. Rucker was northbound on State Route 315 in the city of Columbus, when he came upon a Ford Ranger truck on fire. He exited his patrol car, retrieved his fire extinguisher and dispensed it, but was unable to reduce the flames enough to see inside the vehicle. Tpr. Rucker eventually gained entry and found the driver hanging outside the driver’s side window. Columbus Police Officer Amy Detweiler arrived on scene shortly thereafter and they were able to pull the driver from the vehicle. While doing so, the driver’s clothing caught fire, however they were quickly able to extinguish the driver’s clothing and pulled him to safety.

Watch dashcam footage of the incident on the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Facebook.

Tpr. Rucker began his Patrol career in September 2011 as a member of the 151st Academy Class. He earned his commission in February of the following year and was assigned to the Wilmington Post. In 2013, he transferred to his most recent assignment at the West Jefferson Post.

Tpr. Rucker earned an Associated of Arts degree in criminal justice from Clark State Community College in 2009.

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