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VIDEOS: Woman trying to run into traffic saved twice by troopers

One of the troopers recalls the incident
Posted at 1:29 PM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 21:30:03-04

Not once, but twice a woman was saved by the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Dash-cam footage just released by NHP shows Trooper Jared Truscello responding to a call of a woman on the shoulder of Interstate 15.

You can see Truscello try to grab her, and he yells at her to stay out of the road, but she slips away.

Without hesitation, he follows after her.

"I had all the adrenaline rush, yeah," Truscello said. "To say I was scared, no."

The struggle on the freeway is audible, and the woman is restrained.

Truscello says the two of them avoided two semi trucks and three sedans.

He made his rescue in March. Two months later, the same woman was back on I-15 needing to be saved again.

The second time it was a different trooper who ran into traffic.

"Law enforcement officers are often called upon to do heroic things," said retired Las Vegas Lt. Randy Sutton, 13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert. "They run into the sound of gunfire. They run into burning buildings to save people, and in this case, they ran into an area of heavy traffic."

Sutton says the profession draws people who have an instinct for heroism and who want to make a difference.

For their brave efforts, both troopers were awarded a lifesaving medal by the Department of Public Safety.