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Deputy saves drowning woman

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Earns accolades from first responders

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–An off-duty Henderson County Deputy was praised and thanked by first responders June 22 for her selfless rescue the month prior.  
Deputy Ashley Reed was at Tom Finely Park in Gun Barrel City May 29 when she spotted a woman having a medical emergency in the water.
Witnesses said the victim was face down in the water, about 10 feet from shore. She was apparently suffering from a seizure when Reed raced to her. Despite having a broken wrist from an on-the-job incident, Reed swam to the woman, wrapped her arms around her and pulled her to shore.
Once on land, Reed’s speedy actions allowed the woman to vomit the water she had consumed and she began breathing.
“Deputy Reed has what this job demands – quick thinking, quick acting and rightly putting a citizen’s needs above her own,” Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said. “A life was saved by a public servant willing to risk it all for a citizen,” he said.
Reed was presented a plaque from the Sheriff’s Office, a Life-Saving Pin from the Henderson County Fire Chief’s Association and a Certificate of Accommodation from the Gun Barrel City Fire Department during a ceremony held June 22.