“Jacob!? Jacob are you ok!?”. A flashlight was directly on his window now.
“Dad, I’m ok.” he was scared.
The officer pulled on the door as hard as he could, “We’re gonna get you out of there, just hold on! Are you ok? Is everyone in the car ok!?” He pulled on the jammed door with all of his strength, so much so that when it finally broke open he fell backwards but immediately got back up and ran up to the man in the driver’s seat whose arm was now free. “Are any of you hurt!? Are you ok!?”
“My wife, officer….my wife, she isn’t waking up.”
“How many of you are in the car?”
“Three of us, there’s three of us. My wife won’t wake up, my wife won’t wake up. Thank God you’re here. Thank God you’re here.”
the officer looked at the crying man and turned his head around to talk to the other officers who had just arrived a minute or so after him. “Unresponsive woman on the passenger side! Child in the backseat!” He turned his head back to the man in the driver’s seat, “Everything is going to be alright, we’ve got you.” He started to try and pull him out of the car but the man protested.
“My son! Let me get my son!”
The officer continued pulling the man out who was trying to resist his efforts but too weak to do so. “You’re son’s gonna be fine! We need to be careful getting him out, he might be injured. Just relax, please relax. You’re safe now. Your son is safe, we ain’t gonna hurt him. I promise you sir.” He guided the man to the side of a tree and gently sat him against its trunk. “What’s your name, sir?”
He was gasping for air when he answered, “My-my-my name…my name is Bryan Cleighton”
“And your son and wife, sir?”
“My wife is Janet, my son is Jacob. My son is Jacob, call him Jake, officer.” Bryan watched as an officer carried his son out of the car and another officer who was trying to rescue his wife shook his head to signal the others that there was no bringing her back, she was gone.
The officers face and voice of compassion changed right at that moment as he realized the grave nature of what might have just happened. “Sir, I need you to listen to me and I need you to be completely honest with me right now.”
Bryan was distracted by the fact that his wife couldn’t be saved and he sobbed as he slowly shook his head and repeated “No..no..no..no..no”
“Bryan! Mr. Cleighton, I need you to listen to me and be honest with me. Look at me!”. Bryan didn’t. “Look at me Mr. Cleighton!” but Bryan couldn’t bring himself to even open his eyes as he continued rambling, his head still shaking but facing the ground now. He couldn’t answer, he couldn’t focus on the officer’s words.
“Have you been drinking tonight, Bryan!?”
Bryan Cleighton looked up at the officer and said nothing.