POWHATAN - The Powhatan deputy who said he helped save a man from a burning car resigns following an internal investigation.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, Deputy Harley Crawford was reported to have pulled a subject from a vehicle fire.
Crawford told 8News that he had been in the area of Anderson Highway and Bell Road early Saturday morning looking for a speeder when he came across this wreck.
"I went ahead and dumped my fire extinguisher on the car. He appeared to be unconscious or just dazed from the impact... looked like a strong impact."
Crawford told 8News and other news outlets when he saw that the driver couldn't get out of the flattened car, he pulled the man to safety just seconds before the car burst into flames and firefighters arrived.
Powhatan Sheriff G. A. Neal states, due to some inconsistent statements, an internal investigation was initiated. The investigation has revealed that the statements made by the deputy in reference to this incident were found to be inaccurate.
The heroic story spread quickly throughout Powhatan and Crawford's neighbor was
at first proud of the deputy but then shocked to learn there's questions about
"The rescue is pretty dramatic thing for a small town it did make the news and the resignation was a surprise when I heard about it today," says Michael Durrbeck.
No one was home at Crawford house and he did not return our calls for comment.
The Powhatan County Sheriff won't go into detail about what part of Crawford's story was inaccurate.
The investigation is ongoing.
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