Officers nominated for awards for saving man

MADISON, Wis. - Two Madison police officers who helped save a man Thursday will be nominated for departmental awards, according to a news release. 

The Madison Police Department said an officer went to a South Highpoint Road home at 11:30 a.m. to check on a person who it was believed might hurt himself. 

When the officer arrived, the man was in the driveway and poured gas on himself as the officer got out of his car, police said. The man ignited his pants, and as the officer ran to grab a fire extinguisher from his squad, he also yelled for the man to roll on the ground, which put the fire out.

Police said the man also tried to run into a busy thoroughfare, but a second officer arrived just as he attempted to dash in front of cars. The officers were able to direct the man to the ground, and paramedics arrived to take him to a hospital for treatment of burns.

The man later thanked police, the report said. The officers will be nominated for MPD lifesaving awards.

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