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Cumberland Deputy Saves Driver's Life After Wreck

Posted November 21, 2006 12:24 p.m. EST
Updated November 21, 2006 5:40 p.m. EST

— A Cumberland County deputy is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a victim from a car crash.

Deputy Jonathan Griner was on his way home from work at the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 2 when he witnessed a car crash on U.S. Highway 301 near Airport Road in Fayetteville, authorities said.

Griner stopped, jumped out of his car and climbed inside one of the vehicles involved in the wreck. The driver's arm had been severed, and Griner held pressure on the driver's shoulder until paramedics arrived, authorities said.

An EMS crew removed the driver from the crash and began stabilizing measures. Other deputies on the scene provided a personal cooler to store the severed limb until an AirCare helicopter arrived, authorities said.

The driver and the severed arm were transported by AirCare to University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Griner's actions likely saved the life of the driver, who might have bled to death without his quick thinking, authorities said.