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FL First Responders Trapped in Patrol Car by Downed Power Line

September 11, 2017  | 

Two Florida first responders were rescued early Monday morning after a live power pole and electric lines crashed onto their patrol car, trapping the pair in the midst of Hurricane Irma’s damage.

Polk County Sheriff’s Officer Sgt. Chris Lynn and Polk County Fire Rescue Paramedic James Tanner Schaill were heading back to north Lakeland when the power pole toppled onto their moving car, trapping them for two hours, the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post. The duo had just dropped off an elderly patient at a medical center.

Neither Lynn nor Schaill were able to exit the car due to the risk of electrocution, Fox News reports.

Lakeland Electric crews were eventually able to disconnect the lines and free Lynn and Schaill about 1:15 a.m.


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