ELLENSBURG, WA - It was a cold day in October when the Washington State Patrol said a man lost control of his car on I-90 near Ellensburg and landed in a frozen pond.
Trooper Jay Farmer, along with a passer by, swam into frigid waters to save the driver who was trapped in his car.
He was unresponsive, and unable to get out of his car, so Trooper Farmer broke a window and got the driver out, pulling him to shore.
The Chief of the State Patrol gave Trooper Farmer the Award of Merit for the rescue.
He was also nominated for the Officer of the Year award for the northwest region, and is one of three finalists for the National Officer of the Year Award.
The driver who stopped and helped Farmer with the rescue was also awarded with the civilian medal of heroism for his help.
Farmer was not the only trooper awarded this past week for heroism.
The State Patrol also presented the Award of Merit to trooper Barry Pilkinton for going above and beyond his normal duty to try and save two victims of a structure fire in Cle Elum.