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State Trooper Saved Woman's Life, Doctor Says

Posted January 28, 2008

— A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper is being credited for saving the life of a driver involved in a crash in Clayton.

That's according to a statement by Dr. Steven Burkholtz at Johnston Memorial Hospital, who treated the victim following Wednesday's accident.

Patrol spokesman Lt. Everett Clendenin said Trooper J. L. Thorpe was on U.S. Highway 70 in Clayton when he saw a vehicle crash into a utility pole and several parked vehicles.

Thorpe ran to check on the driver, whose name was not released, and found her unresponsive and not breathing. With the help of an unidentified person, Thorpe removed her from her vehicle and began CPR until emergency workers arrived to the scene, Clendenin said.

The driver was taken to Johnston Memorial and later to Duke University Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition, as of Wednesday.

Thorpe, who joined the Highway Patrol last June, is assigned to Johnston County.


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  • down by the pond Jan 29, 2008

    Has this been a top story on the 6:00 news with the local stations, does anyone know? it should be...not enough positive stories nowdays....

  • dukebbfan Jan 29, 2008

    Good job. He should get praise for what he did, it doesnt matter that he is a shp. With all the diseases that are out there I wonder if any of the ones bashing this man would have done the same thing not knowing if this person had any type of contagious disease. Praying for the lady's speedy recovery.

  • hawkydave Jan 29, 2008

    Thank you WRAL for posting a positive news story for the NCSHP and law enforcement for a change. Trooper Thorpe, I know it is your duty, but sir you are a hero in my book. God Bless!

  • Gnathostomata Jan 28, 2008

    What a neat guy. Kudos Trooper Thorpe...and keep that smile; it's a winner!

    We have some great troopers around this neck of the woods, too. They keep 158 bumping along, and it is always busy because of the connection between the two Interstates...and I agree with the the rest of you guys, we need more positive articles about troopers.

  • TarHeel Undergrad Jan 28, 2008

    "KellyGrant" says
    " There are so many bad cops out there"

    There are nearly 900,000 law enforcement officers in the United States. Do you mean to tell me (and everyone else) that the majority of those officers are bad?

    Give me a break!

    Call a drug dealer next time you get in an accident and need help.

    Thank you Trooper Thorpe and all other Troopers, officers, and Deputies!

  • CarolinaGirl Jan 28, 2008

    emilypaige...firsthand knowledge, I'll leave it at that.

  • emilypaige Jan 28, 2008

    CarolinaGirl - if centurian says the officer was off duty and you say he was on duty - what is the truth? how do you know he was on duty versus off duty????

  • CarolinaGirl Jan 28, 2008

    "I was on the scene of this accident right afterward. The trooper was off-duty in plainclothes driving in his personal vehicle at the time, so he was definitely above and beyond the call of duty! He could've done nothing and no one would have known. God bless our law enforcement officers." Centurian

    Actually Centurian, you are incorrect. He was on duty, in his patrol car and in uniform. He just happened to witness the wreck when it happened.

  • Mom of two Jan 28, 2008

    Congrats to both men!!! Prayers w/ the woman.

  • gamide3 Jan 28, 2008

    Kelly Grant "THERE ARE SO MANY BAD COPS OUT THERE" ? Lets count the number of 'Cops' that are "out there" and then count the bad ones. I think your statement may be "slightly" inflamed. There are a huge number of Officers that do a job most people would not do for a million bucks, and do it well. There are some bad people in law enforcement, but lets be real!!!