It is easy to say that dead heroes don’t save lives. It is without doubt true, but while some heroes are fabricated, there are others who want to help so badly, they fail to realize the danger to themselves and add to the casualties count. This was the case of the Illinois policeman from this video. The policeman made a fundamental mistake which cost him his life and it wasn’t a responsible gun owner who killed him.
The officer was responding to a two vehicle collision on a rural road in southern Illinois. What he didn’t know was that one of the vehicles carried ammonia in its tank. Ammonia is a widely used industrial chemical (fertilizer) which even though classified as toxic by inhalation, is fairly harmless if inhaled in low concentration because human body is equipped with natural processes which prevent its build-up in the bloodstream. In high concentrations, though ammonia can cause lung damage or death.
The officer who responded to the call came to the accident scene and saw a body collapsed on the road. Fumes rising from the overturned tank were very obvious, even in the video. The tank was also labelled to carry hazardous chemicals yet the officer was so focused on the person who appeared to be in immediate need of help, he disregarded the warning signs and stepped out of this vehicle to walk straight into the highly concentrated ammonia cloud.
The gas killed him almost instantly. He’s heard in the video which was recorded on the cruiser’s onboard camera coughing and choking and a few short seconds later, he was gone. It was a needless death which showed that becoming so concerned about somebody else’s life that you stop paying attention to things which could end your life is a surefire way to add to the body count.
Props to Best Gore member Hawk for the video: