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Tahoe CHP officer wins Medal of Valor

Sun News Service

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – South Shore-based California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Bushey will be honored with eight of his colleagues tomorrow in Sacramento as a CHP Medal of Valor recipient.

Bushey is being recognized for an incident that he responded to while on duty on Nov. 3, 2006. Eight other officers statewide will be awarded the medal at a ceremony Tuesday.

According to CHP spokesman Jeff Gartner, Bushey provided comfort and aid to a woman trapped in a vehicle that had slid off the road on Highway 89 in Christmas Valley and overturned onto its side in a near-freezing Upper Truckee

River.

Officer Bushey crawled into the vehicle where he stood in waist deep icy water for nearly 45 minutes to assist the trapped driver, Leticia Hansen. He stayed with the woman for nearly 45 minutes, keeping her head above water while emergency crews extricated her.

Bushey is credited with saving Hansen’s life, according to Gartner.