Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Two men rescue disabled veteran after fall in pond

Lealman

2 men rescue disabled vet who fell into pond

A disabled veteran was rescued by two men Friday night after he slipped out of his wheelchair into a pond, according to Lealman Fire Rescue officials.

Robert Lunay, 79, was gazing at the pond behind the Disabled American Veterans facility at 4801 37th St. N about 7 p.m. when he slipped and rolled into the water, officials said. Lunay yelled for help and multiple people called 911.

But before rescue personnel arrived, two men, Robert Fields and Norman Steers, jumped into the pond with Lunay, officials said. They made their way to him and guided him to the edge of the pond. They held him above the surface until firefighters arrived and pulled him up an embankment.

Lunay was not injured, authorities said.

"Had it not been for Mr. Fields and Mr. Steers, this could have ended tragically," said Lealman Fire Capt. Larry Thompson.

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