Glen Ellyn cop rescues woman from COD pond

  • Fire departments around the College of DuPage were called after a car was driven into a retention pond Friday.

      Fire departments around the College of DuPage were called after a car was driven into a retention pond Friday. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Fire departments around the College of DuPage were called after a car was driven into a retention pond Friday.

      Fire departments around the College of DuPage were called after a car was driven into a retention pond Friday. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Updated 3/25/2017 12:39 AM

A Glen Ellyn police officer rescued a 61-year-old woman whose vehicle was submerged in a retention pond at the College of DuPage shortly before 8 p.m. on Friday.

Glen Ellyn police officer Kevin Riggle was one of the first to arrive on the scene. He entered the water and swam to the car, which was about 30 yards out from the shoreline, officials said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

He located the unconscious woman still inside the vehicle and pulled her to the top of the car, which was just below the surface of the water. She then regained consciousness.

Arriving firefighters from the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District assisted getting both the officer and the woman back to shore.

Glen Ellyn police Chief Philip Norton praised the officer's heroic actions, which police said undoubtedly saved the woman's life, and expressed gratitude for the assistance provided by firefighters at the scene.

The woman was taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield and is stable, fire officials said.

Riggle was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove as a precaution but released a short time later.

It is not known what caused the vehicle to leave the roadway.

Lisle-Woodridge Fire District Chief Keith Krestan said both Glen Ellyn and College of DuPage police officers responded and found the car floating in 6 to 8 feet of water near the McAninch Arts Center..

Lisle-Woodridge was assisted at the scene by the Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Downers Grove and Wheaton fire departments.

"It was a good outcome from a possible bad situation," he said.

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