LMPD officers honored for saving kidnapped man during traffic stop


by Maggie Ruper


Posted on September 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 13 at 11:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- In front of the Louisville Metro Council an innocent victim of crime had the chance to thank the men who saved his life.

“There's not really a lot I can say except for thank you, but it means a lot more than that,” Shawn Bloemer said.

The 22-year-old was working at a Circle K gas station on Taylorsville Road on Friday night, Aug. 3. That’s when police say he was kidnapped, bound, gagged and stuffed in the trunk of his own car by three people.

“I was real panicked and scared. I didn't know what their intentions were or anything like that,” Bloemer said.

“He couldn’t breathe. He said he kept passing out,” Jeanette Kurtz, Bloemer’s mother, said.

After four hours of being trapped there would be a twist of fate. Officer Fred Wilson was patrolling in the area when the car stopped next to him.

“They kind of kept a distance, and I said, ‘Well something is not quite right with this situation,’” Wilson said.

Wilson noticed the car had expired tags and made the traffic stop. Officer Daniel Goldberg assisted and then Bloemer made a move that would save his life.

“I was just relieved. I knew that was probably going to be the only opportunity I had, once the car was actually pulled over, to try to get some help,” Bloemer said.

Officers heard banging noises coming from the trunk.

“Twenty-five years of experience. My heart was beating extremely fast,” Wilson said.

The officers found Bloemer severely dehydrated, but alive. The suspects were taken to jail.

“I’ll always be so grateful because he could have died that night. He would have died that night,” Kurtz said.

The suspects are still behind bars at Metro Corrections charged with kidnapping, wanton endangerment and theft.