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Green Valley man honored for bravery at scene of crash

Posted: July 24, 2013 7:33 p.m.
Updated: July 24, 2013 7:33 p.m.
Greg Lindaman with his Star Scroll Greg Lindaman with his Star Scroll
Greg Lindaman with his Star Scroll

A Green Valley man who stopped at a fiery car crash on Dec. 7 to pull both motorists from their vehicles was recognized for his bravery this week by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

One of the two drivers was sheriff’s Capt. Carrie Stuart, who is still recovering from injuries suffered that night in a head-on collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road.

Greg Lindaman was the first person on the scene.

“Captain Stuart’s vehicle burst into flames as the other vehicle rolled onto its side,” presenters wrote in an account of the crash, read during a Tuesday ceremony at the Sheriff’s Department headquarters in Monterey Park.

Lindaman rushed to Stuart’s burning car and tried to open the driver’s-side door — without success, presenters wrote.

“He then ran to his car to retrieve a blanket, approached the passenger side of her vehicle, reached in with the blanket, pulled her out and dragged her over 100 yards to safety.

“Lindaman then ran to the other vehicle involved in the collision, punched out the driver’s side window, pulled the victim out, and dragged him to safety as well.”

Both drivers were taken to the hospital, Stuart with injuries so severe that it wasn’t clear if she would survive.

But the captain, a 28-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, was on hand with her family Tuesday as Lindaman was presented with a bravery award called a Star Scroll by Sheriff Lee Baca.

For the first time since the crash that almost killed her, she met the man who saved her.

“She was holding back tears,” Amanda Carey, Stuart’s daughter, told The Signal Wednesday. “And the one thing we (relatives) agreed was there are no words you can say to someone who saved your mom’s life.”

Stuart, now 48, who spends weekdays at a rehab center in Encino, called Lindaman’s bravery “admirable” and described how moved she was that a “perfect stranger” risked his own life to save hers, her daughter said.

“Our whole family is so grateful to him,” she said.

Reached by phone at their Green Valley home for comment, Lindaman’s wife described her husband as an extremely private person who declined to be interviewed.

His actions, however, speak volumes to the Stuart family.

“At the awards ceremony, he came up to each of us individually and invited us over to his house where he could grill up his steaks,” Carey said.
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