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Updated: May 3, 2014 6:24AM



CROWN POINT — A Lake County officer demonstrated “bravery and heroism” when he climbed into a burning car to save an injured driver late Monday night, Sheriff John Buncich said Tuesday.

Patrolman Kyle Kranz saw a car rolled over and on fire in a ditch along Indiana 2, west of County Line Road, about 11:45 p.m., police spokeswoman Patti VanTil said. She said Kranz used his fire extinguisher and saw the car was occupied by a woman who appeared to be injured.

Kranz “smashed the rear window and climbed into the burning vehicle to extract the injured driver, Leslie Meyers,” VanTil said.

She said Meyers, 51, had apparently struck a deer east of County Line Road, causing her to lose control of the car. A passerby, Robert Jackson, assisted Kranz in fighting the blaze until firefighters and paramedics arrived, according to VanTil.

Patrolman Jesse Vargas helped Kranz move Meyers away from the burning car, and she was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Medical Center for treatment, VanTil said.“Officer Kranz showed bravery and heroism in the face of danger to himself,” Buncich said. “He demonstrated his commitment to his profession and the community when he acted without regard for his personal safety.”



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