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LCSO deputy honored following water rescue

TFD, LCSO save victim after car found submerged in water
Posted at 5:30 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 14:11:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Several of the first responders involved in saving a woman's life after her car was found submerged in water, will be honored for their actions.  

Among those first responders is, Leon County Sheriff's Deputy Nicholas Kelly, who raced to pull the woman from her sinking car.   

"Special circumstances on this particular day that put Deputy Kelly in the right place at the right time with the appropriate skill set to save this life," said Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil. 

A witness says this started when they noticed the car going about 60 mph down Tower Road April 27. 

The car then went airborne and into the Ochlockonee River. The driver became trapped in the vehicle. Moments after a witness called 911, that's when first responders arrived on scene and sprung into action.   

"The faster I could get it too them the faster we could get her out of the water," said Deputy Kelly. 

Deputy Kelly, along with Tallahassee firefighters had to break out the glass to save the woman from drowning.  

"The feeling was a good feeling knowing that we were just able to get there just in time to rescue the patient and bring her to safety," said City of Tallahassee Fire Department Firefighter Johnathan Juda. "I felt like I was doing what I signed up to do to serve the community, even if I have to risk myself and pretty much doing everything I can to save this one life " 

TFD says the woman was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition.

Deputy Kelly was awarded a pin and certificate for saving the woman's life, while the firefighters involved will be honored at the commission meeting on May 9.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Tallahassee Fire Department and Leon County Sheriff's Office saved a victim's life after their car was found submerged in water. 

On Friday around 6:11 p.m., TFD received a report of a car in the water at the boat ramp located at the end of Tower Rd.  

Along with the Leon County Sheriff's Office, TFD found a car submerged in the water, covered up to the back glass when they arrived to the scene. 

TFD and deputies realized that they did not have time to wait for a water rescue team, so they jumped into the water and swam out to the vehicle. 

They broke out the back glass and removed the victim from the car.   

TFD says the victim was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition. 

How the vehicle got into the water is still under investigation. 

This is a developing story.