Boys pulled Watson from burning patrol vehicle following crash


VENTURA, California – A Bullhead City Police officer reunited with the two young men who saved his life 12 years ago.


A pair of 17 year-old youngsters, Daniel Lehne and Cody Massengill, pulled Mohave County Sherriff’s Deputy Sean Watson out of harm’s way after he was ejected from his burning patrol vehicle.

Watson had lost control of his vehicle on El Rodeo Road in Fort Mohave while responding to a call. His vehicle rolled twice and he was airlifted and treated at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.

“If it wasn’t for those kids, I would not be here right now,” said Watson, now a Bullhead City Police corporal.

Watson recently attended the Ventura County Police and Sheriff’s Academy graduation ceremony in California to congratulate a new recruit: Deputy Cody Massengill.

“I grew up in Ventura County and also began my law enforcement career with the same agency,” Watson added.

Lehne, who currently serves in the United States Navy, also attended the graduation ceremony and reconnected with Watson.

“For everyone else, it was an honor and a privilege to attend this graduation. But for me, it was a privilege to be alive and an honor to witness someone start their law enforcement career after saving my life,” Watson said.

When Watson became a deputy he was given a St. Michael pendant that his late father wore when he was a police officer. He lost it in the crash.

“When I learned that Cody was in the academy, I wanted to give him something to protect him like it protected me,” he said.

At Massengill’s graduation, Watson gave him a St. Michael’s pendant to help keep him safe on the job.

Source: Bullhead City spokeswoman Emily Fromelt.

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