Scottsdale officer honored for saving man's life

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A Scottsdale police officer was honored Wednesday for his bravery in the line of duty.

Last March, a truck rolled and burst into flames in North Scottsdale, leaving Hartley Johnson trapped inside the vehicle.

Scottsdale officer Patrick Hinsberg was in the area and immediately came running to save Johnson from the burning truck.

“It is not necessarily what a cop would have done, but any human being, it is kind of hard to watch another person suffer,” said Hinsberg.

On Wednesday, Hinsberg was celebrated at the Arizona Burn Center for rescuing Johnson from the truck.

It was the first time the two men had met since the incident, and Johnson was very thankful for Hinsberg’s bravery.

“That night he was put to the test and he helped me,” said Johnson.

Johnson lost his lower legs due to the burns, but says he’s recovering and ready to move forward with his life.

Hinsberg says he plans to keep in touch with Johnson in the future.

“I think we are going to keep in touch, I’m just glad I could make that friend,” he said.