Trooper severely burned while helping with grass fire

Trooper severelyburned while helping with grass fire

15 March 2008

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USA — An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper severely burned in a southwesternOklahoma grass fire is expected to be released from the hospital in a coupledays.

Trooper Josh Tinsley is recovering at Integris Baptist Medical Center todayafter suffering second- and third-degree burns on his face, chest, back, armsand most of the right side of his body yesterday.

OHP spokeswoman Trooper Betsy Randolph says doctors told Tinsley’s wife heshould be well enough to leave the hospital in a couple days.

According to Randolph, the 23-year-old Hollis resident was inside theperimeter of a large grass fire in Greer County when his cruiser drove over aportion of the fire and quickly became engulfed in flames.

Randolph says Tinsley probably saved his life by getting out of his car andrunning toward firefighters.

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