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Officer saves woman from drowning in overturned Jeep

Posted September 7, 2008
Updated September 8, 2008

— A Raleigh police officer is credited with saving the life of a woman whose vehicle overturned in high water left by Tropical Storm Hanna early Sunday.

Felicia Louise Williams, of Raleigh, was driving south on Rock Quarry Road around 3:15 a.m. when she lost control of her 1994 Jeep at Jones Sausage Road. The Jeep struck a utility pole and continued on, striking another utility pole, according to the wreck report.

The second impact overturned the Jeep, and it came to rest, upside down in two feet of water. Williams was trapped inside.

Officer K.A. Thompson, 21, responded to the wreck.

"Realizing the danger, Thompson entered the water, broke a window and pulled the driver out and to safety," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

"I was forced to break the drivers' side window to check the welfare of the driver," Thompson wrote in the wreck report. "I then extricated the driver from the vehicle to safety."

Williams sustained minor injuries. Sunday was Williams' 30th birthday.

Sughrue praised Thompson's "life-saving actions."

Thompson is assigned to the Raleigh police's field operations division.


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  • workingforthosethatwont Sep 8, 2008

    Job well done Officer Thompson! Good things come to good people. Be safe.

  • Tarheel born Sep 8, 2008

    Great job Officer Thompson. It's a shame this story is so 'low' on the totem pole of the media.

  • yellow_hat Sep 8, 2008

    It is great to hear about a true Police hero!

    None of us like to see stories about leos beating on college kids celebrating or DWIs. We like to think they are better than that, and thankfully, most are.

  • ShareTheRoad Sep 8, 2008

    Job well-done officer! Let's hope she doesn't sue you for destruction of property, lol! Keep up the good work! :)

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Sep 8, 2008

    Yep...good indication of the public disdain for Police...16 comments here....77 so far on the RPD DWI arrest....

    Says alot about our Country.......

    Way to go RPD great work...

  • VivaceConBrio Sep 8, 2008

    Outstanding! Nice to hear a good story for a change! Actions of police officers are often heavily scrutinized and the public is quick to be critical --- corruption, use of force, response time, etc.

    Nice to have an article praising one's actions without a hint of scepticism.

  • Just the facts mam Sep 8, 2008

    Good job Officer!!!

  • Bradley07 Sep 8, 2008

    Hats off Way to go!!

  • u_mad Sep 8, 2008

    Very good job by that officer! It's nice to see a good story in the news for a change.

  • haggis basher Sep 8, 2008

    Well done RPD.