published: Friday, May 03, 2013
Man saves woman from submerged car
By BARRY FOSTER
SEBRING - Quick work by a Lake Placid man Wednesday saved the life of an elderly motorist.
Reportedly, 89-year-old Anna Vanheek was on Miller Road near the Henscratch area when she lost control of her car during a driving rain storm. The auto crashed through a fence and slid into a small body of water known as Clark's Pond.
Ronnie Hathaway III was driving past when he spotted the car in the water. He was just getting off work from the family business - Hathaway Land Service.
"I could see the tail light just above the lily pads," he said.
Hathaway then ran around the edge of the water calling out to see if anyone was in the car.
"I was yelling 'Is anybody in there?'" he said. "That's when she stuck her hand up where I could see it."
The 25-year-old Lake Placid man then dove in the water and swam to the largely-submerged car.
"She had the window down and one leg out but she was stuck," Hathaway said. "I was able to ease the door open and get her out."
The two then made their way to shore and sat and talked until the ambulance arrived.
Apparently, it was not a moment too soon. He said as the two got back on land they heard a "pop." As they turned around they saw the vehicle sink to the bottom of the pond.
Hathaway said Vanheek did not appear to be seriously injured in the mishap.
"She went a good long way off the road but I didn't see a scratch on her," he said.
By the time Highlands County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at the scene, the car had sunk all the way up to the roof.
Mark Schrader, HCSO chief deputy, credited Hathaway with saving the woman's life.
"With his swift response to the emergency, Ronald Hathaway disregarded his own safety, went to the aid of this woman and ultimately saved her from serious injury or possibly even death," he said.
When asked about saving Vanheek's life, Hathaway gave the credit to a higher power.
"The good Lord just put me in the right place at the right time I guess," he said.
(by: Rusty Shackleford - 5/4/2013)
Good job dude....right place..right time....
Hero! (by: Casper - 5/3/2013)
You never know your place in life, until God puts it right in front of you. Thank you to Ronnie for saving the lady's life and I know she is ever so greatful. I hope everyone who is ever in this situation would do the same thing. Good morals for this young man.
Way to go! (by: Blindman~ - 5/3/2013)
Ron Hathaway lll, your the man!
Heroics (by: James Fansler - 5/3/2013)
Great job by Ronnie Hathaway. This is testimony to Gods great work.
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