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Deputy in wreck wants to thank Va. rescuer personally

Monday - 4/7/2014, 2:30am  ET

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (AP) -- A Northampton County deputy nearly killed in a crash while on duty wants to personally thank the off-duty police officer from Virginia who saved his life.

The Daily Herald of Roanoke Rapids ( ) reports that deputy Michael Sledge ran under a tractor-trailer carrying plywood on Interstate 95 as he responded to an emergency call on March 20. He was knocked unconscious and had a broken left hip and right knee.

Off-duty Emporia, Va., Police officer Jerome Parker saw the wreck. He and another man pulled Sledge to safety as the fire in Sledge's cruiser grew and then pulled him further away as the fire rapidly spread.

Sledge, who just got out of the hospital Thursday, says he wants to thank Parker in person.

Troopers are still investigating the wreck.


Information from: Daily Herald,

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