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First Responders Spotlight: Trapped driver saved from frozen pond

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — We’re back with a new First Responders Spotlight for March. It’s the story of two local deputies who helped save a driver trapped in a frozen pond.

Deputies Nathan Clarke and Brian Woodin are part of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office team covering the West side. They had just started their shift early Christmas Eve morning when they got a call that initially didn’t sound that out of the ordinary.

“We were dispatched to what started out as a disabled vehicle actually,” Clarke explained.  “Then we got additional info the driver was talked through OnStar and the vehicle was sinking and he couldn’t get out.”

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Body cam video shows what they found on scene, a car slowly sinking into a pond in North Chili. The driver, an older man, was stuck.

“Once we got there — got out of the car and looked we could see the car was sinking,” Woodin added. “We kind of looked at each other and said OK we’re going in, dropped our belts, and in we went.”

“I think he was disoriented,” Clarke said. “Once we got there it was pretty obvious we needed to not hesitate and just act.”

The two deputies waded out to the car. Through the body cameras, you can hear their reaction to the sting of the frigid water and ice. They had trouble with the doors and the water was rising.

“My camera was underwater a portion of it up to my chest,” Woodin said.  “Of course, we didn’t know how deep it was when we went in there.”

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Once they realized getting the man out from where he was might not be possible they took the next best option–move the vehicle.

“Our goal was to get closer to shore so if it did sink anymore it wouldn’t sink underwater,” Woodin added. “Once we got it moving by that time the fire dept. was pulling up and they have their special suits and stuff so once we knew he wasn’t sinking we got out of the water.”

That driver was OK. He went to the hospital and got checked out. As for the deputies. they went back to their main office to change and headed back out on patrol.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — We’re back with a new First Responders Spotlight for March. It’s the story of two local deputies who helped save a driver trapped in a frozen pond.

Deputies Nathan Clarke and Brian Woodin are part of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office team covering the West side. They had just started their shift early Christmas Eve morning when they got a call that initially didn’t sound that out of the ordinary.

“We were dispatched to what started out as a disabled vehicle actually,” Clarke explained.  “Then we got additional info the driver was talked through OnStar and the vehicle was sinking and he couldn’t get out.”
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Body cam video shows what they found on scene, a car slowly sinking into a pond in North Chili. The driver, an older man, was stuck.

“Once we got there — got out of the car and looked we could see the car was sinking,” Woodin added. “We kind of looked at each other and said OK we’re going in, dropped our belts, and in we went.”

“I think he was disoriented,” Clarke said. “Once we got there it was pretty obvious we needed to not hesitate and just act.”

The two deputies waded out to the car. Through the body cameras, you can hear their reaction to the sting of the frigid water and ice. They had trouble with the doors and the water was rising.

“My camera was underwater a portion of it up to my chest,” Woodin said.  “Of course, we didn’t know how deep it was when we went in there.”
Livingston, Genesee counties awarded Division of Homeland Security grants for emergency comms.
Once they realized getting the man out from where he was might not be possible they took the next best option–move the vehicle.

“Our goal was to get closer to shore so if it did sink anymore it wouldn’t sink underwater,” Woodin added. “Once we got it moving by that time the fire dept. was pulling up and they have their special suits and stuff so once we knew he wasn’t sinking we got out of the water.”

That driver was OK. He went to the hospital and got checked out. As for the deputies. they went back to their main office to change and headed back out on patrol. Read More First Responders SpotlightRochesterFirst  

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