Caught on video: Virginia deputy helps roll vehicle off trapped man second day on job
ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Two members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are being hailed as heroes after rolling a car off a person trapped under it, and for one of the sheriff’s deputies, it was just his second day on the job.
“I got done with the academy, I’d say about three weeks ago,” Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Ganoe said. “Yeah, I just got here, brand new.”
After five years serving as a U.S. marine, Ganoe says he decided to join the Sheriff’s department so that he could keep serving his community. For the past several weeks he has been learning the ropes under a field training officer.
On June 3, 2021, the county’s sheriff’s office dispatched Sergeant John Berry and the 24-year-old deputy to a crash on Zoar Road.
“The day started like any other,” Ganoe said. “I was just going through the county, learning the roads when we got dispatched to the crash over in the area on Locust Grove.”
When they arrived, they found a man trapped beneath an overturned car. The man, bloody and visibly in distress, pleaded to the officers, “please help me.”
Body camera footage of the incident was recently shared on the office’s Facebook page.
The deputies told the man that more help was on the way and that it would only be a few more minutes.
“That was actually my first experience with a really bad motor vehicle accident,” Ganoe said. “When you see that in person, there’s a bit of shock factor to it; but you have to do something and I was glad Sgt. Berry was there to guide us through it all.”
Ganoe said there were reports of smoke coming out of the vehicle as they arrived. As the man continued to plead, Berry and Ganoe decided to not wait for help and rolled the car off the man themselves.
“We made the decision that we couldn’t wait for other first responders to get out there to either pry him out or move the vehicle because the last thing you want is for him to still be stuck under that vehicle while it’s on fire,” Ganoe said.
Together they shoved the car off the person. The man, visibly relieved, tried to get up. The deputies instructed the victim to lay down and informed him that EMS was on the way.
Ganoe says it felt great to see the immediate impact of his service, but he says he couldn’t let himself get caught up in the moment.
“You get something done and you’re not finished yet,” Ganoe said. “There’s always something more, there’s always something coming up next and if you complete a call, there’s another one waiting.”
Ganoe says the lesson this sheriff’s office wants the community to understand.
“To see the impact that things like this can make is good,” Ganoe said. “Not only is a life saved, but people see that and understand why we do what we do, and why we’re here.”
The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries. The Orange County Sheriff’s office tells me that the victim is healing and is expected to recover from his injuries.
“Here at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, I feel like I have more of an opportunity to do something that feels like it matters,” Ganoe said.
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