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Yacolt Man to Receive Honor for Saving Kennewick Woman's Life Along I-84

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BEND, OR - A Yacolt, Washington man will be recognized this Friday for saving the life of a Kennewick woman back in June.

45-year-old Robert Robeck drove past the 60-year-old Kennewick woman after she got into a fiery traffic crash along Interstate 84 near Cascade Locks on the morning of June 10th.

The woman was heading eastbound when her car drifted on the right shoulder, struck a rock mound, went airborne and continued up an embankment into trees before rolling over several times and coming to rest on its top on the highway shoulder. The overturned vehicle caught fire as several people stopped at the scene and approached it.

Robeck was one of the people who stopped to help. As the majority of people stood by while the driver laid unconscious inside the overturned car, Robeck kicked out a rear side window as the fire began to spread.

That's when a group of people rolled the vehicle onto its side and then Robeck used a baseball bat provided by another person and broke out the car's sunroof.  Robeck cut the seat belt off the woman and with the help of several others, pulled her out of the burning car.

Firefighters responded and extinguished the fire that had also spread up the embankment into nearby trees. Medical personnel treated the woman at the scene and then transported her to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Robeck will receive the "Civilian Service Medal" following his nomination by the Oregon State Police. This award recognizes a civilian who provides extraordinary service during the course of an EMS emergency.