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Powhatan deputy speaks out after resignation

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POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) -

The Powhatan deputy who claimed he pulled a driver from a burning car is off the job.

An internal investigation revealed inconsistent statements. Former Deputy Harley Crawford tells NBC 12 he was forced to resign after what he calls a "confused moment."

"A confused moment," said Crawford. "Adrenaline. Fear. Everything was happening fast."

We spoke to a witness who says she saw the entire episode.

"The deputy lied," said Shantorrie Nash. "He didn't save nobody."

Nash took to Facebook when our original story aired.

"The officer did not help the guy out of the car," Nash said in the post. "The young man escaped on his own through the driver side window."

 Nash does note Crawford ran over to help the victim after he escaped from the burning vehicle.

"For those who say you lied...what do you say to them?" we asked Crawford.

"I say it's not true," said Crawford. "That is a knife in my back that hurts really bad."

Crawford says he was a volunteer firefighter for 18 years and has dedicated his life to law enforcement.

"I wouldn't sit here and lie to the people of my county that I love," said Crawford. "I'm not here just for a job. The fact is I forgot a minute detail because you had a raging inferno...you are getting ready see a man burn up."

Crawford says he never asked for the attention. He was not trying to be a hero. He says he was just doing his job.

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