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Lyndeborough police officer commended for bravery
On Aug. 29, Officer Ralph McClellan was heading west on Route 101 on his way to work as a part-time officer. McClellan saw the truck in front of him leave the road, sheer a telephone pole in half and flip, landing upside down in a swamp near Walnut Hill Road.
“He started to run in, but I said ‘no way,’” McClellan said Wednesday night. “There were lines down in the area, and I didn’t want him to be put in harm’s way.”McClellan, 31, waded into the murky water to reach the red pickup truck, which was resting on its roof and quickly filling up with water. Behind him came Durivarge and an off-duty firefighter from Derry, James Moran.“I was really relieved when he showed up,” said McClellan. “He was asking all the right questions and really put his training to work.”
Deware said McClellan’s heroism is part of the job of being a police officer and is reinforced by the training officers receive.
Hebert was charged with her second offense of driving under the influence.
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