New Bethlehem Woman Saved by NYPD Officers Headed to K-9 Funeral

nypd-officersCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Three New York City Police Officers helped rescue a New Bethlehem woman from a wheelchair van on Interstate 80 at Exit 64 yesterday.

(Photo courtesy of NYPD)

NYPD Officers Benny Colecchia, Danny Rich and Matthew Wicelinski, were on their way to Canton, Ohio, for a memorial for a police dog that was shot and killed last week and came upon an overturned vehicle on I-80 in Clarion.

That’s when the three men discovered that 92-year-old Josephine P. Travis was trapped in a wheelchair inside the vehicle.

After arriving on the scene, the officers helped the woman to safety, according to the New York Daily News.

“I told her, ‘Listen, I’m from the New York City police department, my name is Benny and we’re here to help you,’” said Benny Colecchia to the NY Daily News.

The officers administered first aid and stayed with her until emergency crews arrived.

Clarion-based State Police say the woman was transported to Clarion Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. The driver of the ambulance was not injured.


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