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Durham officer jumps into icy creek to help women after car crash

Posted January 17, 2018 5:58 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 11:17 a.m. EDT

— Two women were rescued by a Durham police officer after their car slid off an icy road and landed in a creek Wednesday afternoon.

Cpl. J.J. Barazandeh was arrived at the creek in the 2600 block of Dearborn Drive just after 1 p.m. and found two women clinging to the door of a fully submerged car, police said.

Authorities said the women were waist-deep in the water, waving their arms and calling for help.

Police said Barazandeh removed his duty belt and jumped into the creek to guide the women, floating on their stomachs, to the shore.

Two passing drivers to saw the scene also stopped to help pull the women and Barazandeh to safety, police said.

The women were treated by paramedics and police said Barazandeh took a hot shower before returning to work.

Barazandeh has been an officer with the Durham Police Department for 11 years.