Heroic river rescue in Brockville

Brockville Police Service Sgt. Andrew Harvie is being commended for saving the life of an elderly woman, trapped in her locked car after it rolled into the St. Lawrence River Oct. 15, 2015 off the Home Street boat ramp. The woman is expected to recover. (Photo/BPS)

BROCKVILLE – A city police officer is being commended for his actions after saving an elderly woman from nearly drowning in her car.

Sgt. Andrew Harvie was at the waterfront at the end of Home Street Thursday night after reports of a car in the water. Police had received a call from someone in the Tall Ships Landing building.

When he got there, Harvie found a 2010 Pontiac G3 almost completely underwater and a woman in the back window breathing from a small bubble of air still in the car.

The sergeant jumped in the St. Lawrence River and used his baton to smash the rear window, pulling the 71-year-old to safety.

Staff Sgt. Todd Betrend said only the woman’s nose and eyes were above water when she was freed.

She was treated by paramedics at the scene.

“This was nothing less than a heroic course of action by Sgt. Andrew Harvie and we were all very proud of his actions and the life he saved,” said Bertrend.

Driver error is being cited for the accident.

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