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Former Cop Shoots Out Windows Of Car To Save Drowning Kids(UT)
inquisitr.com ^ | 2 January, 2012 | Dusten Carlson

Posted on 01/03/2012 6:38:31 PM PST by marktwain

People often criticize the media for what they perceive to be an obsession with bad news; That sort of “if it bleeds it leads” credo that keeps many viewers away from their 6′oclock’s because “it’s just going to make me angry.” We’ve all heard it. So here’s a piece of good and uplifting news for you:

This past Saturday while we were all getting fabulous for our New Years Eve shenanigans, former police officer Chris Willden came upon an accident along the U.S. 89 in Logan Canyon, Utah where a Honda Accord had slid off the road and plummeted into an icy river turned upside-down – with three kids inside.

Heroes don’t hesitate, and Willden didn’t miss a beat when he realized that there were kids trapped inside the car. He pulled his gun, leaped into the water, pressed up against the windows, and shot them out. He reached inside and cut one child free from a seat-belt with a pocket knife. He was aided by his own father.

Rescue workers then arrived, and along with several Good Samaritans that happened upon the scene, turned over the car to free the other two children. Though they were at the time lifeless, river-side resuscitation was successful, and Willden heard the clapping as he bandaged his own bleeding arms nearby.

So how does a man get into the proper frame of mind for such a heroic feat? According to Willden, he told himself, “You’re going to see some dead kids, get ready”. Prepared though he was, he was thankfully wrong as all four occupants of the vehicle survived the ordeal.

The driver was Roger Andersen, 46, of Logan, and two of the trapped children were his own: Mia, 9, and Baylor, 4. The other child, 9-year-old Kenya Wildman, is a family friend. They were all on their way to Beaver Mountain for a day of skiing when Andersen lost control of the car on the slippery highway.

Both Mia and Baylor were flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, spending the night in intensive care. They were taken out of IC Sunday, and were listed as being in fair condition, merely recovering from hypothermia. Roger Andersen and Kenya Wildman were uninjured.

Oh, and our hero’s last words before riding into the sunset?

“It’s in our family to go out and help others.”

What a guy.

What do you think of Willden’s heroic tale?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: banglist; ccw; leo; rescue; ut
Notice that they refer to Chris Wilden as a former cop instead of a ccw holder or an armed citizen. He also had the necessay knife to cut the seat belts.

Guns and knives are things the progressive have worked hard to prevent ordinary citizens from having during their daily lives.

1 posted on 01/03/2012 6:38:37 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain
I'm glad he managed to save the kids... But it's best to carry a spring loaded center punch. You just press it against the window, and when it trips, the window shatters... without any pesky lead and copper heading downrange to who-knows where.

/johnny

2 posted on 01/03/2012 6:43:59 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: marktwain

In before a cop-hater makes reference to cops shooting the dog.

Glad the right man was where he needed to be to save the family.


3 posted on 01/03/2012 6:44:03 PM PST by UncleHambone ("Laughter is America's most important export." - Walt Disney)
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To: marktwain
A lot of freepers will realize that this is a rhetorical question: Why wasn't this national news on all the networks?

Answer: Because it shows an armed citizen using a gun and a knife to rescue innocent children.

4 posted on 01/03/2012 6:45:49 PM PST by marktwain
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To: UncleHambone
In before a cop-hater makes reference to cops shooting the dog.

Rest assured, they'll be here.

5 posted on 01/03/2012 6:46:45 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: UncleHambone
But he shot a poor defenseless family automobile. It wasn't doing anything, and it wasn't the cause of the kids being in the water, it was a victim, and they shot it right in front of the children!

The crazy LEO guys are out of control, even the retired ones!

6 posted on 01/03/2012 6:48:41 PM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: UncleHambone

“In before a cop-hater makes reference to cops shooting the dog.”

Heh heh heh ... I was just thinking that when I scrolled down a little more, looking for the “JBT” haters.


7 posted on 01/03/2012 6:50:09 PM PST by jessduntno
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To: UncleHambone

“In before a cop-hater makes reference to cops shooting the dog.”

This is about the 4th thread on this and not one comment from cop haters. Just your foolish comment.


8 posted on 01/03/2012 6:51:06 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: UncleHambone

Nice to know that there are others here who don’t appreciate the cop haters.


9 posted on 01/03/2012 6:54:59 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: marktwain

Guns and knives are tools.

This hero knew how to use them.


10 posted on 01/03/2012 6:57:47 PM PST by Venturer
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To: driftdiver

They just haven’t fired up their ‘puters from their mom’s basement yet ... give them time.


11 posted on 01/03/2012 6:58:24 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Mears; All

man you guys have a problem, why don’t you focus on the good things these folks did?

There were several people who participated is saving the kids ya know


12 posted on 01/03/2012 6:58:43 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: doc1019

get a life,


13 posted on 01/03/2012 6:59:53 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

And it might even work on a gangbanger when he tries to rape your wife...
Hey bro! Can you come over here for a minnit?
I want to see if you can feel a twinge when I snap you with this glass thingie...


14 posted on 01/03/2012 7:00:36 PM PST by Senormechanico
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To: driftdiver

At 65 I have had a full one, and still do.


15 posted on 01/03/2012 7:02:12 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Mears; UncleHambone

With ya both on that one.


16 posted on 01/03/2012 7:02:12 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: marktwain

Armed White Male.


17 posted on 01/03/2012 7:06:14 PM PST by Eldon Tyrell (question,.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
But it's best to carry a spring loaded center punch.

Thanks for the tip. I'll add it to my carry weapon.


18 posted on 01/03/2012 7:10:13 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Senormechanico
Nah, I have Black Talons(tm) in .380 for that. Right tool for the job and all that.

BTW, the spring loaded center punch is a machinists tool that works well for breaking glass.

I just don't like blindly shooting into an occupied car to break out a window. Seems unsafe, somehow.

/johnny

19 posted on 01/03/2012 7:10:55 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: marktwain

God Bless this good man - and thanks for sharing this with the rest of us marktwain ... Great story.


20 posted on 01/03/2012 7:12:37 PM PST by GOPJ (Lets make 'Corrupt Liberal Media' a household term. - - freeper Uncle Lonny)
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To: Cobra64
LOL! Rail fever!

I stole that picture to poke a little fun at my brother. I threatened to mod a chainsaw for his new .223.

/johnny

21 posted on 01/03/2012 7:14:01 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Senormechanico; JRandomFreeper
I want to see if you can feel a twinge when I snap you with this glass thingie.

Well, ya never know when you're going to have to break glass windows in a sinking car. I always carry one.


22 posted on 01/03/2012 7:17:07 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Here ya go...


23 posted on 01/03/2012 7:20:38 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
But it's best to carry a spring loaded center punch. You just press it against the window, and when it trips, the window shatters... without any pesky lead and copper heading downrange to who-knows where.

I don't leave home without it, or without my seat belt cutter (looks like an oversize letter opener.)

24 posted on 01/03/2012 7:20:59 PM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: Cobra64; lightman
Since I live in an area prone to flash flooding, I carry a punch in the console of any vehicle I own.

I've fired a weapon in an enclosed space. It hurts.

And then, still there's that problem with downrange. So a $6 investment in something you can leave in the console is great, in my book.

/johnny

25 posted on 01/03/2012 7:26:38 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: marktwain

How is it that I watched this story on Fox News and NO MENTION was ever made of his shooting out the windows?

Fox has a nasty note coming from me.

Please feel free to join in!


26 posted on 01/03/2012 8:25:54 PM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: JRandomFreeper

I carry my old Estwing geology pick in the car. It can go thru just about anything from a perp’s hand to metal and what’s in-between.

SO far geology picks are still legal but if the Obama fascists see this email, they will probably try to outlaw them.

When geologists no longer are allowed to have geology picks, then only criminals will have them, and (amateurs - ahhhh!).


27 posted on 01/03/2012 8:43:57 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Cobra64

To #18: I want to see this guy’s holster.


28 posted on 01/03/2012 8:47:34 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
I've been thinking about getting one. I've recently gotten interested in the local geology. As an amateur. ;)

I live in a sorta interesting spot, according to a book from 1918 that I found for free on Google.

/johnny

29 posted on 01/03/2012 8:47:53 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: marktwain
A lot of freepers will realize that this is a rhetorical question: Why wasn't this national news on all the networks?

Are you sure this wasn't on the network news?

It was covered by almost every media source on the internet.

30 posted on 01/03/2012 8:48:44 PM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: Cobra64

#23:: Oh, I saw a “chain gun”.


31 posted on 01/03/2012 8:48:50 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

I never saw a saw like the saw I saw in Arkansas.


32 posted on 01/03/2012 8:53:26 PM PST by BipolarBob (I don't mind you shooting at me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi!)
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To: Doe Eyes
Are you sure this wasn't on the network news? It was covered by almost every media source on the internet.

Maybe I was not doing the google search at optimum. I searched virgin river rescue utah 2012, and came up with nothing on the first page. I did virgin river rescue Utah 2012 gun and came up with a story in a San Luis Obispo paper from AP, and the story in the Daily Mail from the UK on the first google page that came up.

Perhaps it got more coverage than I thought.

33 posted on 01/03/2012 9:09:54 PM PST by marktwain
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To: JRandomFreeper

This is a combination hammer and seat belt cutter. 10 bucks.

34 posted on 01/03/2012 9:18:30 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
To #18: I want to see this guy’s holster.

I'll get in touch with the owner after the bar-b-que.


35 posted on 01/03/2012 9:19:36 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: USNBandit
I have one of these on my batman utility belt. It is a pretty impressive cutter.
36 posted on 01/03/2012 9:22:32 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: marktwain
I searched on "Chris Willden" and got a lot of hits.

Found this on NBC.

Former Cop Rescues Kids from Icy River

37 posted on 01/03/2012 9:33:13 PM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: marktwain

Quick thinking by the officer. We have two canyon highways leading out of our town and this kind of accident happens every so often. Off the road and into the river is scary.


38 posted on 01/03/2012 10:47:16 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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