Florence teens rescue driver in canal

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 18 at 2:02 PM

FLORENCE, Ariz. – Three Florence teens came to the rescue after a Chandler man suffered a seizure and drove into an irrigation canal early Saturday morning.

Donald Parker and his sons were driving to a golf tournament when they saw a Toyota Tacoma veer off Hunt Highway and into the canal between Copper Mine and Quartz roads just after 5 a.m., according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Parker pulled over to assist the 29-year-old driver, Thomas Phillips. Harrison Parker, Hayden Parker and Andrew Woods jumped into the canal to free the driver from the truck, which was quickly filling with water.

The teens were unable to reach the driver through the passenger door so Hayden grabbed a ladder and broke the back window of the truck, cutting his arm in the process.

The teens noticed the victim appeared to be having a seizure, according to the sheriff's office.

After freeing Phillips, the teens swam to the back of the Tacoma and held the victim until rescue crews arrived.

Phillips was transported to a nearby hospital. After regaining full consciousness, he told the doctors he suffers from epileptic seizures.

Hayden was treated for the cut on his forearm at the scene.

 

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