Anoka deputy rescues driver from icy pond


An Anoka County Sheriff's deputy leapt into a frigid pond to rescue a 19-year-old driver whose car had veered off the road and ended up in 10 feet of water, local media report.

The accident just after 6 a.m. Thursday happened near Bunker Lake Boulevard and Crosstown Boulevard in Andover, KARE 11 reports. Investigators said the driver had lost control on the slick roadway, slid sideways and careened down into a deep drainage pond.

The vehicle was completely submerged and the 19-year-old had gotten out of the vehicle and was treading water, but was struggling to stay afloat, the Pioneer Press reported.

Deputy Chris Pierro jumped in the 36-degree water, reached the man and swam with him to shore, WCCO reports.

"I am very proud of the work our team does every day. Deputy Pierro truly demonstrated heroics as our first responders sought to save this driver," Sheriff James Stuart in a written statement.

The teen was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, although his condition was not immediately available, WCCO reported. Pierro did not need treatment.

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