ANOKA, Minn. - An Anoka County Sheriff's Deputy is being credited with saving a teen driver whose car slid off an icy road and into a lake.
Deputies were dispatched to an area near Bunker Lake Boulevard and Crosstown Boulevard in the city of Andover just after 6 a.m. Thursday on a report of a single car accident.
When first responders arrived they found a vehicle had lost control on the icy roadway, slid sideways, jumped the curb and crashed through a fence, eventually ending up in a deep drainage pond just off the intersection.
The vehicle was completely submerged in ten feet of water and the driver, 19-year-old Zach Steven Fritz of Andover, was out of the car but struggling to stay afloat in the 36-degree water.
Deputy Chris Pierro quickly removed some of his equipment and clothing and jumped in to the frigid water. He swam to the struggling teen and helped him to shore.
"Although these instances do not occur every day, our deputies are always prepared to put themselves in harms way in order to protect the public that we proudly serve," said Sheriff James Stuart in a written statement. "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."
Fritz was checked out by paramedics and transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment. Deputy Pierro was evaluated by paramedics, but did not require any treatment.
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