Helena officer honored for life-saving efforts after crash

Tyler Manning

Helena Police Department Cpl. Matt Lewis was honored on Wednesday for his life-saving efforts after a multi-vehicle crash earlier this month. 

The incident took place on Dec. 10, when HPD officers were dispatched to a rollover injury crash near Washington Street and Custer Avenue. At the time, Lewis was only a few blocks away from the crash. He quickly responded to the scene and found one vehicle on its side and another vehicle crashed into the water treatment plant. Lewis said he could tell something was different about this crash, as he had responded before dispatch officially made the call.

“The difference on this was that you could tell dispatch was stressed,” Lewis said.

Lewis said multiple vehicles were involved in the crash and multiple road signs had been taken out in the process. Lewis was able to quickly infer that the driver of the vehicle by the water treatment plant was in distress. Bystanders at the scene said the woman in the rolled vehicle was trapped, but uninjured. However, the man in the other vehicle was unconscious and struggling to breathe. The vehicle he was in was still in gear and locked. Lewis had to punch out

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