LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Mere hours after being sworn in on Tuesday, Feb. 18, Audubon Park's new police chief rescued a family from a car that was leaking gasoline and the mother was unconscious.
After Doug Sweeney left the swearing-in ceremony, he was driving east on the Gene Snyder when he spotted several cars on the side of road before the Preston Highway exit.
He pulled over and radioed for help.
The rear end of a car was smashed in with a mother unconscious and two boys stuck inside.
Sweeney said he could smell gas and immediately started working with others to free the woman.
One of the boys was all right, but a 7-year-old suffered a severe leg injury.
"I hope I was doing what anybody would do; what civilians were doing. Somebody was stopped, and needed to be helped,” Sweeney said. “I was in the unique position of having access to radio, and emergency equipment, and training. But uh, I don't think I was any more special than anybody else that night that just happened to be driving by."
The mother has been released from the hospital, and the 7-year-old just got out of surgery.