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Idaho Department of Correction worker saves woman before car explodes

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CALDWELL, Idaho -

The Idaho Department of Correction says one of their own helped save an elderly woman's life Monday near Caldwell. 

In a release on Friday, IDOC says probation and parole officer Oscar Arguello was severing as duty officer on Monday when he was called away to help take an offender from the Nampa Community Reentry Center to the South Idaho Correctional Institution. On his way back, Arguello spotted a car driving erratically with a blown tire by the railroad tracks near Linden Ave. and Caldwell Blvd. in Caldwell.

He watched as the car blew through a stop sign at about 35 mph and crashed into a muddy pit just short of an oncoming train. Arguello radioed for help and sprang into action. The car was not at risk of being hit by the train, but the woman's foot was on the gas pedal flinging up dirty and dust. Arguello assessed the situation and kept the driver calm, but the car's engine compartment caught fire.

Arguello pulled the elderly woman, who appeared to be suffering a stroke, from the car. Seconds after removing the woman, the car burst into flames. 

Two other probation officers, identified as Brian Hein and Steve Landers, rushed to help Arguello and comforted the woman until paramedics arrived. 

"This is truly a heroic act," said Cory Barrier, Deputy Manager for IDOC District 3, "There is absolutely no doubt had Oscar not taken action, the woman would have died in the fire."

IDOC says after saving the woman, Arguello returned to work and finished his shift, muddy boots and all. 

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