Officer, citizens save accident victim


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CONROE – On Saturday, October 24, 2009 approximately 11:45 pm, Conroe Police Patrol Officer Allan Bell was on patrol in 5200 block of West Davis Street (Hwy 105 west). Officer Bell observed a vehicle traveling in the same direction but ahead of Bell’s patrol car. The vehicle was described as a red Pontiac 4-door. Bell observed the vehicle to drift to the right from the right lane to the shoulder and then leave the roadway. The vehicle struck a concrete culvert, flipped in the air and landed in the ditch. Bell observed the vehicle to be on fire when it came to rest.

Officer Bell stopped his vehicle and ran to the vehicle to check the condition of the driver and possible occupants. The driver and sole occupant was identified as Aaron Puffer, 12-10-70. Without regard for their safety, Officer Bell and concerned citizens who stopped to help, were able to remove Puffer from the burning vehicle. At the time of this release the concerned citizens have not been identified.

Officer Bell called for assistance from EMS and the Conroe Fire Department. Additional officers arrived on the scene were able to temporarily extinguish the flames until fire personnel arrived on the scene.

The crash was captured by Officer Bell’s on-board camera and is attached with this release.

The City of Conroe and the Conroe Police Department recognizes the concern for others and the valor exhibited by Officer Bell and the citizens who stopped to help during an incident that could have resulted in tragic consequences.

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