To Serve and Protect: Ohio Officer Pushes Man Out of Way of Careening Car Before Being Hit Himself on Highway

When Lt. john Lambert took his oath to serve and protect, he meant it. In the video below, Lambert pushes a driver out of the way only to be struck himself by a careening car on Interstate 176. The result was broken bones, including his pelvis as well as damage to his left eye socket.

While we often follow the missteps of people in the legal system from judges to police officers, this video reminds us of the dangers and the bravery needed to be a law enforcement officer.

Lambert, 42, has been on the force for 22 years and had stopped to assist a man who had crashed into a wall on an icy ramp. A 30-year-old woman then lost control of her car and struck the front of the police car. She then slid sideways into the men. The other man was saved by Lambert’s fast action.

Cleveland has seen its share of such bizarre accidents this winter, including an officer who hit a man getting out of his car on the highway, here.

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14 thoughts on “To Serve and Protect: Ohio Officer Pushes Man Out of Way of Careening Car Before Being Hit Himself on Highway”

  1. Just watched the video on MSNBC’s Caught on Camera. Amazing how his natural instinct was to push the citizen out of the way. No hesitation…no thought about his own safety. That’s truly beyond the call of duty. Very nice job Officer.

  2. God bless Cops everywhere. The job they do is difficult and thankless. Understanding my feeling about the men and women in blue, it looks like to me that this officer jumped for his life with little thought for the teen. It looks like he may have shoved him over so that he could get himself to safety. Just saying.

  3. QUOTE “there’s nothing worse than a bad cop, and nothing better than a good one”

    This guys gold.

    Yeah its just too bad they have a small percentage that makes the rest look bad and makes their job harder & puts the good ones at more risk.

    Some Ohio cops are not so good…

  4. Is it just me, or does it look like the cop just jumped over the railing? Not to take away any bravery, but I watched it over and over and its the cop flying over the railing, not the man. I honestly think he just jumped over the railing. It was hard to see if got hit. Maybe Im wrong. I hope he recovers well.

  5. As my dad used to tell me, “there’s nothing worse than a bad cop, and nothing better than a good one”.

    This guys gold.

  6. Its a shame that the “bad ” ones seem to get all of the “ink”.

    The good ones don’t get as much ink because they’re doing the job they were hired to do and that isn’t news.

    Also, the “bad” ones are usually “bad” while the “good” ones turn a blind eye, which means there are many more “bad” ones than the ones who are caught.

  7. Most officers that I know,have the same concern for the community that they serve as this heroic officer showed.

    Its a shame that the “bad ” ones seem to get all of the “ink”.

  8. I have to go with mespo on this one. Cop is beside the point. Hero is the salient feature.

    May you have a speedy and complete recovery Lt. Lambert.

  9. “While we often follow the missteps of people in the legal system from judges to police officers, this video reminds us of the dangers and the bravery needed to be a law enforcement officer.”

    **************

    As you say, we should avoid the fallacy of the lonely fact either positively or negatively. This is heroism plain and simple.

  10. I saw that video last night and it was unbelievable. To push the other person away just before he gets clobbered and the officer is sent over the guardrail was a true act of heroism.

  11. Hope Officer Lambert makes a good and speedy recovery. His brave and unselfish actions give the rest of us something to aspire to.

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