Off-Duty Washington Firefighter Saves Men in Lake

May 5, 2008
The firefighter was able to get the two men into his boat and to the shore.

SPANAWAY, Wash. --

An off-duty firefighter looked out his window over Spanaway Lake and saw two men in distress near their capsized boat.

Before firefighters arrived, the off-duty firefighter from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and his wife called 911 and launched their own boat into the water. The couple, along with a neighbor, were able to get the two men into their boat and to the shore.

When officials responded Saturday afternoon they reported the men were very cold and tire, but suffered no injuries. Firefighters retrieved the boat, most of their belongings, and transported the men to their homes.

"They were extremely lucky, as there was no one else on that end of the lake, and if it had not been for someone who just happened to be looking out their window and saw them struggling in the water, and had a boat to quickly make the rescue, this could have had a very tragic ending," said Battalion Chief Michael Kondra.

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