On April 25, 2023 shortly after 9pm, Kenosha Police began receiving calls that a minivan was driving south on Sheridan Road, driving on a flat tire.
Two Kenosha police officers, Jacob Thorpe, and Cody Cox happened to be nearby. Both Officers are new to the department, which itself, is a very young department. Cox joined the department in 2021 and Thorpe, in 2020.
After the officers spotted the minivan, which was now emitting sparks from the rim, he activated the emergency lights and siren, trying to get the 84-year-old Kenosha resident to stop. He didn’t. Kenosha Police think the sparks that were coming from the tire rim ignited the gas in the lines or tank.
The elderly man and both officer sustained minor burns and singed hair, but amazingly, did not require hospitalization.
“This could have been so much worse,” Kenosha Police Lieutenant Joe Nosalik told KCE. “The van did not explode and our selfless officers ran towards the fire to save that man. The man was not intoxicated, nor did he exhibit any overt signs of diminished mental capacity; however, his decisions are questionable and we did refer him to the WI Department of Motor Vehicles for a re-evaluation on his driving abilities. He just wanted to make it home.”
KPD’s officers don’t specifically train for fire rescues, but Nosalik said the selfless officers’ public safety mentality kicked in. “At KPD, we put people first, we are very proud that our officers did just that. This doesn’t just happen in Kenosha. There are countless acts of bravery and heroism performed by police every day and in every State,” Said Nosalik. “KPD is proud to be a part of this profession.”
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