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Albany police officers credited with saving two women from submerged car

ALBANY Two police officers are credited with rescuing two women from a submerged car during Tuesdays flash flood. 

Police said the women were going to get dinner when their car became surrounded by rising water at the intersection of Hackett Blvd and Crown Terrace. Meanwhile, nearby Officers Christopher Stiles and Phil Durand were working to block traffic on Hackett.

While we were watching, the car started to sink under. Two female passengers got out and climbed to the hood of the car. At that time myself and Officer Durand decided to get them out, said Stiles.

The officers then began wading and swimming in the six-foot deep water toward the car.

The one lady was like I can't swim and the other lady she told us she was six months pregnant so we knew we had a pretty dire situation on our hands, said Durand. It's not your typical situation we do a lot of tactics and dealing with people on a day to day basis, but most of the time you dont think you're going to go swimming in your tour of duty.

Both women were brought to higher ground where they declined medical attention and continued on their way.

Durand and Stiles remained on duty, assigned to continue blocking access to Hackett Blvd.

They could have died if they were going to drown. The water was surging we had to do what we had to do to get them out, said Durand. They were happy to be out of the situation because the one woman couldnt swim, she was pretty frightened and happy we were at the right place at the right time.
 
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