La Verda writer Marcos Aguilar
The Marshall Police Department is lauding the quick action of two officers during a water rescue following Sunday's storms.
Officers Cory Adkinson and Jose Burciaga were dispatched about 7:18 p.m. Sunday to the Pinecrest and Loop 390 area in response to a report of a vehicle in a ditch.
When they arrived, they found a vehicle that had rolled over into a ravine leaving the driver trapped inside. Due to heavy rains, the ravine was flooded with water. Both officers jumped into the ravine in an attempt to save the driver who was trapped and disoriented. The police department says the water level inside the vehicle was rising quickly.
Eventually, officers were able to free the driver, who was upside down, before the vehicle was submerged. They were assisted by the Marshall Fire Department in removing the driver from the wreckage.
Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa acknowledged the actions of the officers.
“Officers Adkinson and Burciaga displayed a great amount of courage in this situation and serve as an inspiration to all here at the police department," Campa said. "These officers are prime examples of what it means to be a police officer, by exhibiting bravery and courage when faced with an extremely stressful situation. It is with great honor that I name Officer Cory Adkinson and Officer Joes Burciaga as this week’s MVPs”.