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Vancouver City Council honors good Samaritans who helped shot officer

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

At Monday night's city council meeting, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt took a moment to address the officer-involved shooting that wounded Officer Dustin Goudschaal, and to honor two people credited with helping save him.

"Things like this don't happen in Vancouver, and they shouldn't happen in Vancouver, so it was a shock to all of us," Leavitt said.

The council presented Earlene "Sam" Anderson and James Bridger Jr. with gifts for their actions.

Anderson was driving past the traffic stop June 30 when she said she saw James Sapp fire a gun several times at Goudschaal, who had just pulled Sapp over.

She stopped her car, ran to Goudschaal's side and helped bandage the wound on his neck.

"[I] was just doing what a person would do," Anderson said. "You see where somebody needs help, and you just help. At least that's the way it should be."

Bridger said he relied on his experience as a volunteer firefighter to offer what help he could.

"I fortunately had some experience from my past that helped out during that time," Bridger said. "I call it a 'God shot' that I was able to be there in the right place at the right time."

A friend of the Goudschaal family was also at Monday night's meeting, to read a statement of gratitude written by Officer Goudschaal's wife.

It read in part:

"Those that don't know Dustin and I, know that we are not very religious or spiritual people, but I can say without a doubt there was an angel, a higher power, a woman upstairs, a spirit guide, whatever you might see to call it looking over Dustin on Monday. I choose to believe that for whatever reason, those two good Samaritans were meant to be there in that moment to help Dustin, and for this, we are eternally grateful."

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