UPDATE: ELLENSBURG, WA - The Washington State Patrol says a medical emergency caused 30-year-old Anthony S. Johnson of Seattle to lose control of his car Saturday morning.
Officials from Kittitas Valley Healthcare say Johnson was treated for his injuries and released.
ELLENSBURG, WA - The Washington State Patrol is praising the quick thinking of one of their own and a passer by who saved a man from drowning after a crash over the weekend.
Troopers say Saturday around 10:00am a man driving eastbound on Interstate 90 near Ellensburg lost control, crashed through a fence and came to rest in the pond with only the roof visible.
The driver was unable to exit the vehicle on his own because he was unconscious. Troopers say a passing motorist, Jim Kocker, stopped and swam out to the vehicle before Troopers were able to get there, but he was unable to get into the vehicle because the doors were locked and windows up.
Trooper Jay Farmer arrived shortly after and with the help of Kocker, the two swam approximately 50 feet out into the pond to save the trapped driver.
Troopers say Kocker went back out again once trooper Farmer arrived fighting off the onset of hypothermia to help rescue the driver.
Trooper Farmer brought his expandable baton to break the window and the two were able to unbuckle the driver and brought him to shore. Paramedics took him to Kittitas Valley Healthcare where he is being evaluated and is expected to survive.
WSP says had it not been for the heroic actions of Trooper Farmer and Jim Kocker, the driver would surely have died at the scene. Troopers say Kocker is a former lifeguard and did not think twice about jumping in the water to save a life. When Trooper Farmer was asked about rescuing the driver, he stated "any trooper would have done the same. it's what we do."