COLLEGE STATION POLICE DEPARTMENT
November 19, 2015 – News Release: Act of Heroism
On November 14, 2015 at 5:27 AM College Station Police officers were dispatched to the scene of a major accident in the 800 Block of George Bush Drive. Officer Patricia Marty was the first emergency personnel on scene. When she arrived Officer Marty saw Texas A&M Transportation Services employees Joel Luce and Greg Stuenkel attempting to extract the driver from the wrecked vehicle. Within seconds of Officer Marty arriving the vehicle caught fire. She immediately ran to her patrol car, retrieved a fire extinguisher and attempted to put the fire out. Officer Marty emptied her extinguisher and was able to diminish the flames long enough for her to attempt to extract the driver. It was obvious that the 21 year old male driver had serious injuries to his lower extremities so she wanted to be as careful as possible, but was pressed for time due to the potential of the vehicle catching fire again. Officer Marty, with the help of Joel Luce and Greg Stuenkel attempted to pry the driver’s door open but it was wedged shut due to damage from striking the tree. Officer Marty believed it would be easier on the driver with his injuries to remove him from the back window by reclining the seat back. It was at that time that Greg Stuenkel retrieved a sledge hammer from his vehicle and used it to break the back window. However, before Officer Marty’s plan could be executed the vehicle ignited again and flames were quickly visible from the hood and underneath the car. This is when Joe Bessner, a senior at the University of North Texas that had stopped at the accident began to help with efforts to extract the driver. Officer Marty, in fear for the driver’s life decided he should be removed through the driver side window immediately. Officer Marty, with the help of Joel Luce, Greg Stuenkel and Joe Bessner removed the driver through the window and drug him to safety.
From the time that Officer Marty arrived at 5:30AM to the time the driver was extracted took just four minutes.
The College Station Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. They also transported the driver, who was identified as Jose Izquierdo to the College Station Medical Center where he was treated, then flown by helicopter to Houston for specialized care. He suffered from several broken bones but is in stable condition. It was said on scene that if it had not been for Officer Marty’s quick thinking in using her fire extinguisher to diminish the flames when she first arrived the results could have been deadly for Mr. Izquierdo. Officer Marty gave most of the credit to Joel Luce and Greg Stuenkel, who were taking action even before her arrival. She also said the two men, along with Joe Bessner provided much needed muscle and courage to a dangerous situation. It was through the collective effort of these four individuals that a life was saved.
The accident investigation has been turned over to the College Station Police Department Traffic Division for investigation.
Officer Marty, a 3 ½ year veteran with College Station Police Department suffered from smoke inhalation; she was treated and released from a local emergency room and is doing fine.
The safety of our community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that we serve. Be the eyes and ears of your police department. When you see suspicious activity contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600 or the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979-845-2345; contact the Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office at 979-361-3888. Together we can make a difference in our community.
Questions regarding this news release may be directed to:
Lt. Steve Brock, Public Information Officer
College Station Police Department
2611 Texas Avenue
College Station, Texas 77840
Office Phone: (979) 764-3613
Department Phone: (979) 764-3600