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'Hipster cop' awarded for life-saving action after serious crash

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A Portland Community College public safety officer dubbed "Hipster Cop" was awarded for his life-saving actions immediately following a serious crash last summer.

Officer Austin Herr was inspecting his patrol car at PCC's Rock Creek Campus when he heard a violent crash outside.

"When I got there I saw the airbag powder floating out of one of the cars," Herr said. "That's when I knew it was really bad."

Herr administered first aid to the driver, who was pinned by his steering wheel. He talked to the man while applying pressure to his head to "slow a bleed from a traumatic wound."

"I just wanted to stop him from going into shock," Herr said.

Herr and a nurse who also witnessed the wreck took turns taking care of the man until first responders arrived. They had to use the jaws of life to extricate him, and he eventually made a full recovery.

For his life-saving actions, Herr was awarded the Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Award for Valor.

"Officer Herr showed compassion and quick decisive actions in rendering assistance to those who were in need during this awful situation," Derrick Foxworth, PCC's Public Safety director, said.

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