While serving civil papers in the Lee's Creek Road area today (July 14, 2017), Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy Ronnie Manning spotted smoke as he passed by Quave Road. He investigated and spotted an upside-down burning automobile in the edge of the woods. Screams were coming from inside the burning vehicle.
Deputy Manning broke out the rear window with a hammer and rescued the two females. However, while Deputy Manning saved the two women from certain death, they did not escape arrest. Responding patrol deputies arrested Bridget Stogner (34) of Bogalusa for driving while intoxicated and careless operation of a motor vehicle. The passenger, Brittany Rebecca Purvis (30) of Bogalusa was arrested for possession of schedule IV drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“I was on the scene and talked with Deputy Manning about his heroic deed,” said Chief Deputy Mike Haley. “In a very humble manner, he simply indicated that he was only doing his job. A retired Bogalusa firefighter, Deputy Manning knew what to do and quickly did it.”