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Press Release

Conservation Officer Rescues Man from Wreckage Two Days After Accident

April 30, 2004

Olin J. Huckabee from Jones, AL, in Autauga County is lucky to be alive after spending two agonizing days pinned under his vehicle in a deep ravine off Hwy. 219 near Centreville.

Lt. Cliff Robinson, a Conservation Enforcement Officer with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, followed up on a tip provided by a student on the school bus his children rode. Robinson found the overturned car in a ravine deep enough that it was not easily seen from the road. Sticking out from under the car were the legs of the accident victim. Seeing one of the legs move, Robinson immediately called the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department and then moved closer to investigate.

Huckabee had been thrown out of the vehicle and then pinned under the car for two days. He was conscious and able to talk with Robinson and other rescue personnel before being taken to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa for treatment.

“Our officers are frequently called on to help in situations which are not directly related to wildlife enforcement,” said M. Barnett Lawley, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “This is just one example of their commitment to serving the public. We’re proud that Officer Robinson was instrumental in this rescue effort.”

The student had spotted the overturned car and reported it to her bus driver. While letting Officer Robinson’s children off the bus, the driver called Robinson over to tell him what the girl had seen.

“Lots of people had passed by that accident scene during those two days,” Robinson said. “I drove by there several times myself and didn’t see anything. The man is really fortunate that the student was observant, and that she reported it.”

Chief Nichols of the Centreville Police commended Lt. Robinson, “The Conservation officer went far beyond his usual job description in saving this man’s life.”

Alabama DCNR employs 134 conservation enforcement officers to serve all 67 counties of the state. Although their primary job is to enforce game and fish laws, they provide valuable assistance to other law enforcement and emergency services agencies.

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