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Officer saves elderly woman moments before car sinks

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GROTON, Conn. — It was a daring water rescue unlike any Lt. Erick Jenkins had experienced in his 27-year career with the Groton, Conn., Police Department. Jenkins jumped into the chest-high water of the Thames River, battling 3-foot waves and winds gusting 40 mph to rescue 85-year-old Marie Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald pulled into the parking lot of Eastern Point Beach, a picturesque spot overlooking the Long Island Sound, but lost control of her Honda Civic. Her car burst through the concrete barrier, barreled over the boulders acting as a buffer and plunged into the water. For 10 agonizing minutes, Fitzgerald sat frozen and trapped inside her car while it bobbed and was thrown amid the abnormally strong waves. “Groton City, multiple 911s for a car into the water,” noted the police dispatch.