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Mar 13, 2017 6:55 PM

NH trooper who saved man from car's path says he's 'very proud to wear the green'


EPPING — A New Hampshire State Trooper remained in high spirits after he pushed a man out of the path of an oncoming car and was hit himself.

READ: NH trooper who saved man from vehicle's path released from hospital

While investigating a crash in Madbury Saturday, Trooper Christopher Prenaveau surveyed the scene with driver Keith Correll, 21, as a second car approached. Police said ice and snow on the road caused the car to slide toward the two men.

Prenaveau pushed Correll out of the vehicle's path, saving him from being hit. However, Prenaveau said he had no other choice but to go up.

"I was able to get him out of the way and I was able to propel myself as high as I could jump onto the windshield of the vehicle," Prenaveau said.

The crash left Prenaveau with serious injuries. He was released from Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Sunday morning with no broken bones, but a sore back and face.

"I'm still picking some glass out of my face," he added.

Prenaveau thanked the state police, the hospital, Madbury Fire and Rescue and his family for being so helpful after this incident.

"I want to thank my son Charlie who is into parkour. He's the one who taught me how to jump over a vehicle. Unfortunately, I didn't make it over the vehicle," Prenaveau said.

Prenaveau plans to return back to the force after he is 100 percent recovered.

"I'm very proud to wear the green. It's always been a long term goal of mine... I'm very proud to be a state trooper," Prenaveau said.

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