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Cops save pregnant woman, friend from flooding

ALBANY -- Two Albany police officers are being credited with rescuing a pregnant woman and her friend from a flooded car on Tuesday.

Officer Christopher Stiles was responding to a call around 6 p.m. when he saw a flooding condition at Hackett Boulevard and Crown Terrace. He called for additional help. Officer Philip Durand responded and the pair shut down the intersection as well as another at Hackett Boulevard and Holland Avenue.

It was while they were on the scene that they saw a vehicle pull out of a parking lot, where it immediately came to a stop and began taking on water. The two women inside were forced to stand on the trunk as the car became submerged.

That's when Officers Stiles and Durand made their way through the chest-high water to rescue the women who told the officers they did not know how to swim. The officers carried them to higher ground in a nearby yard.

The victims, both women in their 20s, were unharmed. Officials say one of the women is 6-months pregnant.
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