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Chesapeake officer awarded for saving people trapped in a car with live power lines down

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Posted at 6:37 AM, Jun 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-11 06:37:36-04

Thousands of men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day when they go to work here in Hampton Roads. We begin a series dedicated to the first responders who went above and beyond the call of duty this year.

The Hampton Roads Chamber presents the 2021 Valor Awards. News 3 is honored to collaborate with them again and to highlight incredible feats of bravery.

On March 10, 2020, Officer Jamie Nicholson was first to arrive on the scene of a major car crash on George Washington Highway. He was facing two people trapped in the car, live power lines down, and a gas leak.

Chief Kelvin Wright explained the scene saying, “Officer Nicholson arrived on the scene of an accident in which someone had hit a telephone pole, severed some power lines and you have a gas leak on top of that. Severed the lines, but the lines were still alive. Involving elderly people who were stuck in the car. Officer Nicholson did not hesitate once. A citizen held the door officer Nicholson and a Portsmouth officer helped lift the people out of the car and get them to safety. There again a citizen said ‘Man you’re a brave soul because I would not have done anything that you did.’ And Officer Nicholson simply said ‘I felt like I had to act.’”

His bravery is beyond words.