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Bloomington Trooper Awarded For Saving Linton Driver's Life

Last updated on Thursday, January 24, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A Bloomington state trooper was honored for his life-saving rescue of an elderly driver from a flaming gas station in Linton in January of last year.

Master Trooper Harry Bedwell, who is from Linton, just barely missed getting clipped by another out-of-control vehicle which ended up striking a gas station fuel pump, shearing the pump from its base, and igniting a fountain of gasoline.

The ignited fuel caused a fireball that troopers say shot 15 feet into the air.

Master Trooper Bedwell grabbed the fire extinguisher from his cruiser, put the fire down and got the 89-year-old driver to safety.

Just yesterday, Master Trooper Harry Bedwell was awarded the Indiana State Police Life Saving Award for his heroic actions on January 5th, 2007.

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