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Santa Clarita Valley: Green Valley man receives Valor Award from state

Greg Lindaman pulled Sheriff’s Department captain from flaming car, rescued another motorist

Posted: August 5, 2013 2:58 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2013 2:58 p.m.

Greg Lindaman of Green Valley accepts the Sheriff's Department Star Scroll during a ceremony at Sheriff's Department headquarters in Monterey Park last month. Signal file photo

A Green Valley man who stopped at a fiery two-car car crash on Dec. 7 to pull both motorists from their vehicles has been recognized for his bravery by California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris.

The Valor Award presented by the state’s chief law officer is the second bravery award given to Greg Lindaman. The camera-shy hero received a bravery award called a Star Scroll on July 23 from Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca for saving the life of Capt. Carrie Stuart, a 28-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department.

Two days later, Harris presented Lindaman with the civilian Award of Valor for 2012 for protecting public safety.

Stuart was driving southbound on San Francisquito Canyon Road on Dec. 7 when her vehicle collided head-on with another. Her car burst into flames as the other vehicle rolled onto its side.

Lindaman was the first person on the scene.

He rushed to Stuart’s car, which was fully engulfed in flames, and tried to open her driver’s-side door without success, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

He then ran to his car to retrieve a blanket, approached the passenger side of Stuart’s vehicle, reached in and wrapped her with the blanket, and pulled her out and dragged her over 100 yards to safety.

Lindaman then ran to the other vehicle involved in the collision, punched out the driver’s-side window, pulled the victim out, and dragged him to safety as well.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital. Stuart remained in critical condition for some time but survived the accident due to Lindaman’s “incredible bravery,” the release said.
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