A Cartersville Police corporal has been honored for helping save two people from a burning pickup truck following an accident on Ga. 293 near Tom Jones Road that left another man dead.
According to CPD’s Facebook page:
Corporal Justin Lusian has dedicated the last 19 years providing quality service to the citizens of Cartersville. But on July 17, 2018, he changed the lives of two vehicle crash victims in Floyd County. While off duty, Corporal Lusian observed a burning vehicle crash with multiple occupants trapped inside. Before first responders arrived on scene, Corporal Lusian was able to pull two victims from inside the engulfed pickup truck to safety. In a commendation letter received from Floyd County Police Department, Sgt. Rusty Williams wrote, “Corporal Lusian’s disregard for his own safety surely preserved the lives of the two passengers in the vehicle…” On Aug. 2, Chief Frank McCann, Deputy Chief Jason DiPrima and Major Terry Ellis presented Corporal Lusian with the “Life Saving Award” for his courageous actions. For those of us who know Corporal Lusian, this act was not out of character in the slightest for him, as he is one of the most skilled and experienced police officers any department could ask for. The Cartersville Police Department family pray for the speedy recovery of those involved in this terrible crash.
Below: A full copy of Williams’ note thanking Lusian.
From our previous reports:
The Floyd County Police Department responded to a single-vehicle accident around noon (July 17) on Kingston Highway near Mizpah Church. The Toyota Truck was occupied by three people. The driver is now deceased and the two passengers are in serious condition. We later learned the driver killed in the accident was Charley James Edwards, 34, who had lost his father several months earlier in a truck vs. pedestrian accident near U.S. 411 and the Bypass. One of Charley’s passengers was his aunt, Regina McCary, was initially was listed in critical condition at Floyd Medical Center.