Kemp honors Troup County deputy for rescue of elderly couple from burning truck

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp honored a Troup County sheriff's deputy who went above and beyond the call of duty to rescue an elderly couple trapped inside a burning vehicle.

On June 30, Deputy Carrla Querry responded to reports of a two-car accident after a series of storms ripped through in the area. She had no idea how bad things were going to get.

Arriving at the scene, Querry spotted one of the vehicles smoking and grabbed her fire extinguisher. 

Then, someone pointed out there were two people trapped inside the flaming car.

"We've got to get them out," Querrry was heard on her vehicle camera shouting before rushing into the danger and smashing out the windows of the burning vehicle. "You've got to get out, come on!" 

She and other people on the scene were able to pull the two people trapped inside before the truck fully was engulfed in flames.

After the pair was safe, Querry moved her patrol car, revealing the enormity of the blaze. Three minutes later, the fire rescue team arrived and quickly got the flames under control.


People who saw the heroic rescue commended the inspiring way the Querry was able to physically and verbally encourage the crash victims to live.

"Were it not for the brave actions of Deputy Querry, we have no doubt this incident would have had a very different ending." the Troup County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook.

Thursday, Kemp honored Querry with a special commendation for her heroism.

"Carrla was honored to have her family, friends and co-workers witness the event at the Capital," the Troup County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook. "Thank you Governor and Marty Kemp for your hospitality today."

Querry told FOX 5 that she had some help from someone above when she went to save the couple.

"The most important thing is: I asked God to help me, and He sure did," she said.