Patrolman credits previous experience as volunteer fire fighter.
By Jennifer Luna
The board of trustees presented a lifesaving award to patrolman Jonathan Logan for his heroism in helping a woman from a burning car.
The presentation was during the March 26 regular board meeting at Killen Center.
Logan said in an interview April 5 that his initial reaction after seeing the car falling over the bridge was “seeing if I could help.”
He credited his experience as a volunteer fire fighter with making him familiar with dealing with flames.
Logan received his peace officer license in 2006 and has worked for the district police department for more than four years.
He works nights and “floats” between Palo Alto College and the other Alamo Colleges.
Chief Don Adams said Logan was on his way to Palo Alto College after his nightly rounds at the college district’s First Responders Academy on Herring Road in Von Ormy off Interstate 35.
It was about 3 a.m. March 14.
Adams related the events as follows:
Logan spotted a car driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate-35. He spun the squad car to avoid being hit, but then the errant car was driving toward an 18-wheeler.
The San Antonio Express-News reported the car was a Nissan Altima estimated to be traveling 80 mph.
The car driver took evasive action, but lost control of the vehicle.
The car hit a bridge guardrail, landed upside down in Medio Creek and caught fire.
The collision happened a half mile from Loop 410 near Fischer Road.
Logan radioed for back up and scrambled down to the creek.
A male and female were partially ejected from the burning vehicle.
Logan helped the woman, later identified as Annabel Moreno, 21, in the San Antonio Express-News.
When he helped Moreno out of the car, she said her legs hurt, making the walk up to the road from the creek difficult, Logan said.
Halfway up to the road, a passer-by who witnessed the collision stepped in to help Logan bring the woman the rest of the way up.
Moreno was rushed to University Hospital in critical condition.
Meanwhile, first responders arrived and five fire fighters worked to remove the driver from the vehicle. He died at the scene.
The driver information could not obtained by press time.
Logan said that Moreno has since called to thank him.