Vancouver City Council honors pair who helped officer

first_imgVancouver police Officer Dustin Goudschaal and his wife, Kate, sent a statement for a family friend to read at Monday’s Vancouver City Council meeting, thanking Earlene “Sam” Anderson, James Bridger and local law enforcement efforts. The Vancouver City Council honored two people who stopped to help a police officer after he was shot last week on the city’s east side. Fellow officers lined the walls of the council chambers during Monday evening’s meeting as the life-saving efforts of Earlene “Sam” Anderson and of James Bridger efforts were recalled. Motorcycle officer Dustin Goudschaal was shot at around 11:30 a.m. June 30 during a traffic stop. Anderson was on her way to a work luncheon when she stopped to help him on Northeast 34th Street. Goudschaal is now recovering at home.“He said, ‘Help me,’ ” Anderson said, and told her there was a bandage in his pants pocket. She began applying the bandage when Bridger stopped and took over wrapping the wound.Bridger then grabbed Goudschaal’s police radio to tell 911 that the officer had been shot and they needed help immediately.“I called it a God shot; I was able to be at the right place at the right time,” Bridger said. “I know I didn’t sleep at all that night. I was praying really hard for him and his family.”Bridger visited Goudschaal while he was hospitalized at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Although Anderson hasn’t had a chance to visit Goudschaal since the shooting, she said she hopes to see how he’s doing.last_img read more