Marine saves driver from submerged vehicle during winter storm

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - A Camp Lejeune patrolman rescued a driver from his overturned vehicle in a pond during last month's winter storm.

Jarret White, a Marine veteran and lieutenant with Camp Lejeune's Provost Marshal Office, was driving home from work during Winter Storm Leon in late January. That was when White saw a vehicle sliding and spinning on the road, according to the Marine Corps.

The vehicle then crashed into a storm drain, overturned and became partially submerged in the icy water, said Camp Lejeune officials. Seeing this, White jumped into the water, used his baton to break through the vehicle's window, and helped the driver escape. That driver was not injured.

"I just acted. I didn't have time to think," White said.

"Anytime we have an officer do something amazing and rescue someone, it makes us all remember why we do this," said SSgt. Joseph Anderson with the Provost Marshal's Office. "It's something we should all be proud of and celebrate. The situation was unfortunate, but one of our officers acted fast and saved a life."

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