St. George Fire Department proud of first responder to possibly fatal wreck

St. George Fire Department proud of first responder to possibly fatal wreck
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POSTED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 5:34pm

On Wednesday morning, Johnathan Dixon was on his way home from a 24-hour shift as a St. George firefighter when he came across a crash on Magnolia Bridge Road in Denham Springs.

A woman was trapped in her car under an 18-wheeler. Dixon saw the woman, pulled her out with help from a state trooper and took care of her until an ambulance arrived on the scene.

Officials tell us that this is not the first time an off-duty first responder stepped up to the plate in a time of need.

"This is actually happens more than people would imagine,” stated Louisiana State Trooper Jared Sandifer. “People are in the right place at the right time, and this is what we’re trained to do. Just the fact that these guys were able to get there and step up (to the situation) - they just went above and beyond the call of duty."

Officials tell NBC33 the woman may have had a medical episode during the time of the accident, and if Dixon and the trooper had not been there, the accident could have been fatal.

The woman did not have any serious injuries.

The St. George Fire Department is extremely proud of the actions taken by Dixon in this situation and encourage all off-duty first responders to always keep a watchful eye.

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