A Georgia State Patrol officer was honored Wednesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue for his response to a vehicle fire on I-75 in Bartow County.

Lt. Mark Hambert, who was formerly with the Rome GSP post, was one of many recognized through the governor’s Public Safety Awards.

According to the governor’s office:

On Oct. 10, 2008, at approximately 8 a.m., Hambert was traveling on Interstate 75 in

Bartow County when he saw a vehicle that had left the roadway, overturned,

and was on fire.

Hambert quickly responded to the crash and tried to extinguish the fire. Unable to do so, he turned his efforts to rescuing the driver who was semi-conscious and still secured by the seatbelt. Hambert cut the seatbelt and pulled him from the vehicle. The victim then regained consciousness and stated his child was in the vehicle.

Hambert returned to the burning vehicle to try to gain access to the child. He attempted to rescue the child through the sunroof that had popped out during the crash. He was unable to reach the child and only after the heat and flames were unbearable did Hambert give up rescue efforts. The driver of the vehicle was initially treated at the scene and then transported by helicopter to the hospital where he later died.

Hambert went above and beyond the call of duty and put himself in great danger to try to save the victims from this tragedy.

Rome News Tribune