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Watch: N.Y. trooper dives into pond to rescue unconscious man

The man had driven into the pond after experiencing a medical emergency



By Amanda Spence

FISHKILL, N.Y. — New York State Trooper Francis Rush sprang into action to save a man that drove his vehicle into a pond and the daring rescue was caught on bodycam footage.

According to Mid Hudson News, the incident occurred on August 17 when Trooper Rush responded to the call in which the vehicle was submerged in 15 feet of water.

Rush got into the water and swam toward the vehicle, where the driver was unconscious. He pulled the driver out and back onto dry land, saving his life in the process. The man had driven into the pond after experiencing a medical emergency.

A thorough search by rescue divers determined no other people had been in the vehicle at the time. The driver was treated on the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital.

The case evolved from a records request that was rejected on the grounds that unsubstantiated discipline records could be withheld to protect officers’ privacy
Sergeant Michael Moran was a Marine Corps veteran and had served the Cortez Police Department for 11 years
The troopers, identified as Michael Abbate and Alberto Felix, were both husbands and fathers
“Sgt. Ashley Harkins swiftly and skillfully climbed over the safety fence, putting herself in a perilous position on the narrow ledge above the chilly, flowing river,” State Police wrote in a statement