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Nov 28, 2012 6:11 PM by Caroline Lowe, KSBY News

California Highway Patrol officer who helped in fiery crash rescue on 101 bridge retires

A veteran California Highway Patrol officer who helped save a mom and her two daughters from a dramatic bridge crash in January retired on Wednesday.

Sergeant Tom Mullen was honored at the Buellton CHP officer where he was last assigned.

Sgt. Mullen spent almost thirty years on the job.

He was one of the rescuers who pulled Kelli Groves and her two young daughters to safety when their car dangled from a bridge on Highway 101 after being hit by a truck. The truck driver was killed in the crash after his vehicle went off the bridge.

Earlier this year,Sgt. Mullen was also a guest on the "Today" show where Groves publicly thanked him and all the first responders for their heroic actions back in January.

"I like to think of the Highway Patrol as a service industry.Over the years, I would like to think that I have provided good service to the citizens of California," said Mullen.

With his law enforcement days behind him, Mullen said he plans to spend a lot of time fishing in his home state of Montana.

He also said he may eventually go to work for a Central Coast winery.

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