Father Says Coralville Police Officer Saved His Life

By Mark Carlson, Reporter


By Aaron Hepker

CORALVILLE, Iowa - An Eastern Iowa man says quick actions by a Coralville police officer helped him dodge two oncoming semis during a massive crash on Saturday.

"He grabbed my shoulder and [threw] me up into the embankment," said Brian Searcy, who was at the front of a 30-car pileup on Interstate 80 Saturday morning. "If it weren't for the Coralville police department I would not be standing here today."

Searcy, who works in Coralville, was driving his family from their home in Muscatine to the Coral Ridge Mall when he ended up in the pile-up.

"It was like bombs going off, one after another," he said. "I was [standing] on the shoulder when the officer grabbed me."

Searcy said a jackknifed semi and another semi then came right through the area where he was standing.

"He was badge number 372," said Searcy, who recalls meeting with the officer in a nearby parking lot a short time after the accident. "He shook my hand and goes, 'Man it's good to see you standing, I really thought you and I were going to see the business end of those two semis'."

Officer Doug Roling wears badge 372 according to the Coralville police department. Chief Barry Bedford confirmed both Roling and another officer, Jereme Sutton, responded to the crash on Saturday.

Searcy and his family were unharmed in the incident, which shut down a major portion of I-80 Saturday morning.

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