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Rookie DPS Officer Robert Derango led a 100-mile-an-hour chase to corner the shooting suspect.

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‘Ma’am, I’ve been shot’

Agonizing decisions, heroic choices – the ‘surreal’ night Seth Meeske survived

“I remember somebody screamed and I thought there were a lot more people in the emergency room than usual,” said Department of Public Safety Officer Seth Meeske, of the night he shuffled into the Payson Regional Medical Center clutching the artery severed by an assailant’s bullet. As he spoke, cameras from Channels 15, 12, 10, 5 and 3 had their black lenses trained on his lean, cheerful face.


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