JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a training run like no other. Runners getting ready for the 26.2 With Donna were finishing up a training run near the University of North Florida Saturday, when a driver lost control of her car and plunged into a nearby retention pond.
Fortunately for her, Tom White was among the runners. A long time member of the 26.2 With Donna Galloway running group, Tom is also a former member of the JSO Dive Team. He knew just what to do, immediately jumping in to save the woman.
The rest of his team followed suit and the woman was brought to safety.
"My first thought was that we needed to get to her before the car went under water," said Tom, who has pulled many people out of the water over the years. He believes every person should have a window breaking device in his or her car.
"Once the car is underwater, it's much harder to bring that person out alive," he said.
"I grabbed my phone and called 9-1-1," said Carolyn Graham, the group leader whose team ran to the rescue. "I'm just relieved we were there."
"It made me proud to be a part of this group of people," said Tom's wife Becky White. "If the team hadn't been there I'm afraid the outcome wouldn't have been as good."
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