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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Heroic' Policeman Celebrated

Vladimir Reshtuk, the traffic policeman mortally wounded by a loose trailer during a pro-parliament rally, was celebrated Thursday by fellow officers as a hero who died to save the life of an elderly demonstrator.

"I saw him push the demonstrator out of the way of a trailer", said Alexei Samtsov, a colleague of Reshtuk. "And then the trailer trapped him against the car he was standing beside".

Reshtuk, 47, was among 40 traffic policemen called to Ploshchad Vosstaniya on Tuesday night after demonstrators stopped trolley buses and other vehicles blocking the Garden Ring Road and two other streets near the White House.

"Every traffic policeman in Moscow knew Vladimir Reshtuk as the most cordial and helpful senior officer in the service", said Samtsov in an interview at the headquarters of the Moscow traffic police, or GAI.

Reshtuk leaves behind a wife and six children aged 18 months to 24 years. He had worked as a traffic policeman for 25 years. His last position was deputy chief of the personnel department. Reshtuk will be buried at 10 A. M. on Friday at Khovanskoye cemetery, according to Viktor Priznyakov, deputy chief of the GAI public relations office.