In Alliance, Ohio — which is about an hour outside of Cleveland — a 24-year-old driver drove off the road and into a river after falling asleep behind the wheel of a Dodge minivan. Police officers responding to the 911 call formed a human chain to break the windows and pull the woman trapped in the car to complete the rescue.
The officers’ bodycam captured the entire rescue from start to finish. In the video, the young woman is seen frightened on the phone and unable to escape as the submerged vehicle continues to sink. The police officers themselves are scared but thorough in managing to get her out.
Lieutenant Dave Bair told the Canton Repository, “She had just gotten off work and fell asleep. I believe she lives in Sebring. Her car was almost full of water when the officers pulled her out of the river. They communicated well and got her out of the vehicle. If these officers had been late by 30 seconds, I don’t know if she would be here.”
The Repository reports she did not face any serious injuries, although she was taken to the hospital to treat small injuries. Lt. Bair said, “She had some facial injuries. She did go to the hospital. She was treated and released. You can die pretty quickly in cold water by hypothermia. That water is 40 degrees right now.”
Christian Tussey, Shane Tallman, Joe Amabeli, Chris McCord and Lee Rose were the officers who responded to the call at 9:25 p.m. on Sunday.