Officer, Deputy Save Two Men from Drowning in Bedford Co. Pond
Bedford Co., VA - Two men who could have drowned are safe and two local police officers are being thanked for saving them.One is a Bedford County Sheriff's Deputy. The other is a Conservation Police Officer with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.They responded to a private pond on Krantz's Corner Road in Bedford County Friday. A caller told a 911 dispatcher her 83 year old father and 54 year old son were removing a pump in the pond, when their jon boat capsized.Maurene Rosko said she doesn't usually go out to watch the men work, but for some reason she rode their Gator utility vehicle out to the pond Friday afternoon and took along her cell phone. The boat flipped right in front of her. Maurene watched the two men hold on to the boat and each other for dear life as she called.Fortunately, officers weren't too far from the pond when they got that call. Conservation Police Officer Dallas Neel said he tossed a flotation cushion and a throw bag with rope into the pond, but the men were too far out to grab them. He and Deputy Tim Shull then threw off their gun belts and bullet proof vests and jumped in.According to Neel, they took the men to a waiting ambulance to be checked out. They were pretty spent from the struggle in the water, but they were okay; they didn't need to go to the hospital.Neel was also part of the team that rescued eight people from the James River yesterday and he wants to remind folks to wear their life jackets and to take water levels and temperature into consideration before getting out there.