Deputy Stanislaw Semenyuk of the Pleiser County Sheriff’s Office stopped his car on the road in Granite Bay after seeing a teenager who was reportedly experiencing a mental health crisis. But a few seconds after getting out of the car and approaching the teenager, Semenyuk saw something out of the corner of his eye.
“I just looked to the right and saw that a car was driving across the hill, and they were driving quite fast,” Semenyuk recalls.
At that moment, Semenok realized that he needed to act without hesitation.
“Instincts worked,” he said.
The video, shot by a helicopter hovering over them, shows Semenyuk grabbing the teenager by the shoulders and pulling him out of the street. The oncoming car then drives straight through where they stood a few minutes ago.
“I just grabbed it, the kid jumped out of the roadway, that’s all,” Semyanyuk said.
Semenyuk said he hoped the heartbeat moment would help the teen open up.
“I just talked to the man and said,‘ Hey, did you see what just happened? Like, we were both almost killed. “
But the teenager showed only “indifference” and said: “I don’t care,” according to Semenuk.
Fortunately, the deputy was supported: his K9 Ronin.
«[The teen was] were able to look at Ronin, and we started talking … about this, about the dog. “This is my little friend. Imagine how horrible he would feel if I died, and imagine how horrible your parents would feel if you died. So that’s why I’m here to avoid it, “- said Semenyuk.
Semenuk feels happy he can help, but he told KTXL Nexstar that it just does its job.
“In this incident, my pilots happened to be upstairs, and they were able to capture it, and the agency was able to give it to you guys, and you can bring it to the public,” he said. “But police officers across the country do it every day, and no one ever sees it.”
The driver, who was involved in the traffic, was found and handed over for driving without a license.