Grand Forks, N.D. – The North Dakota Highway Patrol presented a Mekinock, N.D., man with the North Dakota Peace Officers Association Lifesaving Award today for his heroic actions in assisting a motorist trapped inside a burning vehicle.
On September 22, 2013, David Jensen was parked alongside North Washington Street north of Grand Forks. Another vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck Jensen’s vehicle head-on. After impact, the other vehicle started on fire. Jensen walked back to the burning vehicle and saw the driver was not moving. He opened the driver’s door, unbuckled her and pulled her away from the burning vehicle. Shortly after, the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames. An ambulance transported the woman to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks for non-life-threatening injuries.
The NDPOA Lifesaving Award is presented to civilians or law enforcement officers who attempted a lifesaving procedure.