According to reports, Corporal Bratcher attempted to stop a speeding motorcyclist when the crash occurred. The chase exceeded 100 miles per hour. The trooper lost control of his patrol car while rounding a curve and swerved off the road. The patrol car struck several trees and landed upside down; then burst into flames. Corporal Bratcher was trapped inside.
Sgt. Jeremy Benjamin, Officer Bob Felton, and Officer Adam Green of the Easley Police Department were dispatched to assist Corporal Bratcher. According to Easley Police Chief Danny Traber, the car was on fire when Officer Felton arrived on the scene. Felton notified fire and emergency medical personnel.
The three officers attempted to put the fire out with fire extinguishers, to no avail. Officer Felton knocked out the window, but Bratcher’s feet were stuck. Felton and Benjamin dislodged Bratcher’s feet and pulled Bratcher from the burning hulk. The car was fully engulfed in flames by the time they pulled the injured trooper to safety. Lance Corporal Bratcher was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital. He suffered two broken legs, fractured ribs, a broken wrist, and multiple burns.
Chief Traber and Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Captain Keith Galloway credit the officers with saving Bratcher’s life. “This is not something they train for, because we rarely see anything like this,” he said. “Their biggest fear was that the trooper was going to die. They didn’t hesitate. If you ask them, they were just doing their job. They were bent on saving his life and getting him out.”
The motorist is still at large. He is described as a white male, wearing a dark-colored helmet, and driving a dark-colored sport bike. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-CRIME-SC. An award is offered for any information leading to his arrest.
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