VANCOUVER -- Two people were honored by the city of Vancouver for their heroic actions after a police officer was shot last month.
Officer Dustin Goudschaal was shot after a traffic stop on June 30. Witnesses Earlene Anderson and James Bridger stopped to help him as the suspect fled the scene.
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Anderson was driving by and saw the entire episode: the traffic stop and the shooting. She stopped and got out of the car and ran to Officer Goudschaal's aid.
He asked her to help by taking a bandage out of his pocket and applying it to his bleeding neck. So she did.
"I was just doing what any person would do," she said. "You see where somebody needs help, and you help. Or at least that's the way it should be."
Bridger stopped to help Anderson with the bandage. Then he used Goudschaal's police radio to tell dispatchers an officer had been shot and he needed help.
“I called it a God shot; I was able to be at the right place at the right time,” Bridger said. “I know I didn’t sleep at all that night. I was praying really hard for him and his family.”
Goudschaal was shot seven times, but pulled through and was released from a Vancouver hospital just three days later.
He continues to recover at home.
Family friend Marla Azinger read a statement from Goudschaal's wife Kate at the meeting Monday night.
"I choose to believe that for whatever reason, those two good Samaritans were meant to be there in that moment to help Dustin and for this we are eternally grateful," she read. "This incident is a sobering reminder of just how much the brave men and women of our law enforcement community sacrifice to keep our community safe and preserve the well being of our friends, neighbors and loved ones.”
City councilors presented the two good Samaritans with Pendleton wool blankets as a gift. Fellow police officers and community members thanked them for their quick action, which helped saved Goudschaal's life.