KHP trooper honored with Award of Valor for saving Emporian's life

Highway Patrol trooper Raul Carillo rushes from his cruiser to aid Emporian Kenny Cantrall after Cantrall's semi crashed on the Kansas Turnpike in Butler County on Feb. 21. Kansas Highway Patrol screenshot. Highway Patrol trooper Raul Carillo rushes from his cruiser to aid Emporian Kenny Cantrall after Cantrall's semi crashed on the Kansas Turnpike in Butler County on Feb. 21. Kansas Highway Patrol screenshot.

The Governor's Award of Valor is going to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper who saved the life of an Emporia truck driver this past winter.

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Technical Trooper Raul Carillo was southbound on the Kansas Turnpike in Butler County on Feb. 21 when a northbound semi driven by 55-year-old Kenny Cantrall crashed through the concrete barrier wall, flipping the power unit and throwing debris into the air. 

During a special ceremony this week, Carillo said his sole focus was the safety of Cantrall.

The truck also caught fire on impact. Carillo says there was fuel leaking near the flames when he got to the scene.

Cantrall was seriously hurt in the crash. Carillo pulled Cantrall out of the truck cab, which was leaking diesel fuel near the flames. Carillo suffered second- and third-degree burns to his hands and also suffered smoke inhalation while rescuing Cantrall.

Gov. Colyer called Carillo "a man who demonstrated selflessness on a level we rarely see in today's society." Highway Patrol Superintendent Mark Bruce echoed that statement, saying, " We train troopers to do a lot of things. However, we don't train them to ignore their own safety and survival instincts by running headlong into the face of grave danger. That takes courage, and courage can't be taught."

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