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Pastor, kids from Zephyrhills rescued in upstate New York canal

ROCHESTER, N.Y — A Zephyrhills pastor visiting with his children somehow lost control of a double stroller while out for a noon walk, plunging two of his kids into a canal.

The children were revived after the pastor and Good Samaritans jumped in to rescue them.

The pastor was identified by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as Jon Clanton, 48, who is the pastor of Grace Church of Zephyrhills.

Police Sgt. Justin Collins said the man was wheeling his children along the Erie Canal when the stroller got away from him and fell into the water at about 12:30 p.m. He jumped in after the 7-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy as a University of Rochester medical student dove in to help. Two police officers on lunch break also joined the action.

The children were hospitalized. The newspaper reported that Clanton was in upstate New York to visit another child at the Ronald McDonald House there.

Pastor, kids from Zephyrhills rescued in upstate New York canal 08/15/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012 12:15am]
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