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Two Livingston Parish Sheriff's Deputies pull a man from burning car

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POSTED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 12:39am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 10:02am

Two Livingston Parish Sheriff's Deputies are heroes tonight, after saving a man from a burning vehicle.

Around 930 this morning Livingston Parish Sheriff's Deputies along with Louisiana State Police responded to a call to work a car crash on Interstate 12 Eastbound past La 63.

When deputies got there they learned the driver slammed into a truck carrying oil containers then crashed into a tree sparking the blaze.

Call it a miracle or just a being in the right place at the right time, Deputy Tony Edwards and Deputy Damien Davidson got there just in time to get James Dutschke, 27 of Baton Rouge out of the car.

"They got their fire extinguishers,” said Livingston Parish Sheriff-elect Jason Ard. “One of them worked with the fire extinguishers to help get the fire down while the other deputy tried to help the victim out. "
Ard says the deputies did a great job keeping calm under pressure.

"They weren't thinking about it,” said Ard. “They just did what they do everyday. Try to do the right thing . They try to help people when they get the opportunity to help people."

Ard says deputies often get called out to crashes along Interstate 12, but deputies never know what they'll have to deal with until they get there.

"The deputies get in situations where they have to do these types of things every now and then,” said Ard. “So, they are trained well to be able to do this. This says a lot about a person that they actually put themselves in harms way to try and save a life and these two did."

Ard says these two brave men only wanted to do two things after saving the driver's life. First go home to change clothes. Second get back on the job.

The driver of the vehicle James Dutschke was sent to the hospital with minor injuries.

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