RUSK COUNTY -- Authorities in Rusk County say that the heroic actions of Officers and a good Samaritan have undoubtedly saved a life following a crash this morning, according to a press release from the Rusk County Sheriff's Office.

Press Release

During the early morning hours of January 6, 2022, a Rusk County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol in the City of Ladysmith. The deputy could see an orange glow coming from a few blocks away.

The Deputy found a vehicle had crashed into a large snowbank, was fully engulfed in fire and the doors weren’t able to be opened because of the amount of snow around them.

Upon further inspection, the Deputy was able to see a person was still inside the vehicle, unresponsive.

Sgt Buehler and Deputy Marc Egle with the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Lihrman and Officer Ruff with the Ladysmith Police Department and a good Samaritan, forced entry into the burning vehicle, removed the unresponsive female, and began rendering life-saving measures.

The female was transported to a local hospital for her injuries.

The Ladysmith Fire Department and Ladysmith EMS assisted.

The heroic actions of these officers and the good Samaritan undoubtedly saved a life.

Alcohol was a contributing factor to this crash.


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