On September 23, 2011, Officer Randy Hughes of the Anchorage Police Department was responding to a call regarding a driver heading in the wrong direction on the Glenn Highway. According to reports, the suspect vehicle travelled 12 miles north on the southbound side of the highway.
To alert the suspect vehicle, Officer Hughes moved ahead of a large propane truck and activated his overhead emergency lights. The suspect collided directly into Officer Hughes’ patrol car with no attempt to slow down or swerve out of the way. Officer Hughes’ vehicle was pushed backwards 80 yards before coming to rest in a ditch.
Fire department personnel extricated Officer Hughes from the vehicle where he was found with a fractured pelvis, foot and knee. His torso sustained no major trauma, which doctors credit to his Second Chance®(05)MonarchSummit®LevelIIIAvest. The suspect was pulled from his vehicle and charged with DUI Felonious Assault.
Officer Hughes received the Police Shield Award for his actions that evening and will be retiring due to the injuries to his hip and leg. Officer Hughes extends his gratitude to everyone at The Safariland Group as he is still here to be a father to his three children and is now pursuing a new career in elementary education.
We welcome Officer Randy Hughes, SAVE #1855, to The Safariland Group SAVES CLUB®.