Woman’s Life Saved By CFNI Security Officers
On Tuesday, February 8, 2012, at approximately 3:30 in the afternoon, Sgt. Brad Bowman of Christ For The Nations Security was on patrol near the Krickbaum Center. He observed a vehicle, traveling north on Marvin D. Love Freeway (HWY 67), drive off the freeway and head onto the grass. The vehicle then struck another vehicle that was pulling out of the Shell gas station, turning north on the service road. When the vehicles collided they both burst into flames.
Sgt. Bowman and Officer Todd Ignatz responded to the location of the crash. They observed the driver of the vehicle that pulled out of the gas station was able to exit the vehicle. The other driver, however, was trapped inside her burning vehicle. Sgt. Bowman exited his patrol vehicle and ran up to the driver’s side door to try and open it, but the flames and heat were too intense, and he had to move back for his safety. He tried again to make his way to the driver’s side door, but was pushed back by the heat and flames again.
Sgt. Bowman then went to the passenger side door, but found that door was locked. At this time, CFNI student Julian Mahn was driving west down Kiest Blvd. and observed the crash. He stopped his vehicle in the middle of Kiest, exited his vehicle, and ran to assist Sgt. Bowman. Arriving at the location, Mahn looked to find something to break out the window. He picked up a metal pole, and as he turned around, he observed Sgt. Bowman was able to kick the window out and had already entered the burning vehicle. Mahn dropped the pole and ran over to assist Sgt. Bowman in pulling the female from the burning vehicle.
They carried her approximately 20 feet from the vehicle and placed her on the ground. By now, the car was engulfed in flames. The heat from the flames was so intense they had to move the female further away. Officer T. Ignatz helped to carry the female another 20 feet away. Officer T. Ignatz then began to secure the scene by assisting with traffic control, as the incident happened during rush hour traffic. Sgt. Bowman and Mahn stayed with the female until the Dallas Police and the Dallas Fire Department could arrive and take over the scene.
These three men showed the true love of God by being willing to lay down their life for a total stranger. Their actions on this day saved this women from a horrible death. I know each one of these men, personally, and none of them responded to this accident to receive the glory for themselves. They did it because of the call on their lives and their love for people. God has placed a valiant warrior sprit in them. There are great things to come from these men and great things to come for Christ For The Nations.