State trooper to be honored for saving woman in floodwaters

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Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Brian Beuning will be honored Monday in St. Paul for saving the life of a woman in floodwaters on Interstate 90 in southwestern Minnesota in June.

The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund is honoring Beuning with an Officer of the Month Award for saving Julisa Jones on June 16, the Pioneer Press reports.

Jones told reporters that she was on a trip home from Sioux Falls, and said she had been going too fast and drove right into a stretch of water-covered roadway near I-90 and Beaver Creek. She called 911 and the trooper was the first to respond to the call.

“I hit the water, my car spun, and I immediately slam on the brakes,” Jones told FOX 9 in June. “I look in front of me, and there’s a huge ditch. The ditch looked like a huge wave, so I knew the field was completely flooded – so I knew if I went to the ditch, I wasn’t going to be able to get out at all.”

Beuning, 33, reportedly pulled Jones, 21, out of the back window of her car just moments before the car was swept away by floodwaters.

Jones, who recalled how Beuning assured her how everything was going to be OK, said was moved by the trooper's actions during the rescue.

“He didn’t know what was going to happen and he didn’t care. He just wanted to at least try to save me,” Jones told WCCO in June.

The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund says Beuning will also be honored with other Officer of the Month recipients at a special awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in May 2015, during National Police Week.

The Pioneer Press says Beuning was previously honored with the Lifesaving Award from the Minnesota State Patrol in 2010 for rescuing a man who was sinking in a bin full of corn.

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