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82-year-old man rescued after car goes into pond in Wyoming County

An 82-year-old Wyoming County man was rescued after his vehicle slid into a pond off State Route 20A in the Town of Perry Wednesday evening, Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph said Friday.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, multiple agencies were dispatched to a report of a vehicle that had driven into a pond and was beginning to submerge.

When Deputy John Button of the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office and First Lieutenant Dakota Spink of the Perry Fire Department arrived, they saw that the car was floating in the middle of the pond, Rudolph said. They saw that the driver, George L. Reed of Perry, was neck deep in water while trapped in the car.

Button and Spink "bravely entered the cold water and attached a tow rope to a rear tire on the vehicle.  The tow rope was then attached to a fire truck, and Reed’s vehicle was pulled to the edge of the pond," Rudolph said in a statement.

Perry and Perry Center firefighters pulled Reed from his vehicle.  He was transported to the Wyoming County Community Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Investigators said the accident was caused by "a reaction to another uninvolved vehicle."


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