VIDEO: 2 men save stranger from sinking car in Winter Haven lake

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) – Two men are being called heroes after saving a driver whose car went into a lake in Winter Haven this week.

Police say the 25 year-old man was driving on First Street North Monday night when his car went off the road and into Lake Silver.

Two men nearby jumped right into the lake and grabbed him out of the sinking car.

Russell Aaron was a few cars behind the driver when it happened.

“He takes a hard right, he goes over the sidewalk and went straight down the embankment. From where I was, I couldn’t see his car, and my first thought was, ‘you can’t park there to fish,'” Aaron said. “As I got closer, I saw the car going out to the lake and I knew something was wrong.”

Aaron is one of the two men who dove into the water to help.

“When I got to the car the gentleman is sitting there with both hands on the wheel. I said ‘hey what’s going on, we got to get you out’ and he looked at me and said ‘let me drown.’ I said ‘not today, buddy.'”

The two men pulled the driver to the shore.

“These citizens put their own safety aside and jumped into the water to save another human being,” Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird said. “This type of humanity from total strangers is proof that good is alive and well in our society.”

Aaron feels like he was there for a reason. “God put me there, he sure did. In the morning when you get up, the odds of that happening, everything happening, just falling in place for me to be there at that time, is pretty astronomical,” he said.

The driver was the only person in the car when it went into the lake. He was taken to Winter Haven Hospital as a precaution.


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