Slidell cops jumped in the water and rescued a woman from a submerged car.
"Officers were dispatched to Heritage Park in reference to a vehicle that drove into the Bayou Bonfouca Boat Launch during a rain storm,: The Slidell Police Department Dispatchers alerted officers that the vehicle left the roadway, and the vehicle was submerged in the bayou with the female driver trapped inside her vehicle," Assistant Chief Kevin Swann said today in a news release.
He released details of the Wednesday incident.
"Officers Tyler Goings, Corey Pertuit and Officer Ronnie Gonzales arrived on the scene within two minutes."
He says they got there just in time.
"As the officers arrived at the boat launch located on Bayou Lane, they observed a small portion of the vehicle visible from the water. Officers’ Goings and Pertuit entered the water, and they swam to the vehicle. The alert driver had repositioned herself to the back seat, and the two officers were able to break the rear widow of the vehicle. The brave officers pulled the driver through the rear window area. Using rescue swimming techniques, the driver was brought safely to the shore."
He says the quick action by the officers allowed the driver to escape without injury.
"The driver stated that she became disoriented during the heavy rain, and she unintentionally drove off of the boat launch. Both of the officers were taken to Slidell Memorial Hospital, where each were treated for minor injuries sustained during the rescue. Both were cleared for full duty, and they reported to work the next day."
Swann says the driver, Lynne Gallman and her husband Richard Gallman came to the Slidell Police Department today to personally thank the officers for their heroic efforts.
Chief Eugene J. Howard stated, "I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Slidell Police Department. The coordinated efforts of the dispatchers and the quick response time of the officers truly made a difference and saved a life today."