A conservation police officer and two Bedford County sheriff's deputies were honored Friday for rescuing two men from a farm pond.
The incident happened May 16. Constantine Rosko and his son, Curt, were in a boat trying to fix a piece of equipment in a private pond when the boat overturned. Constantine Rosko couldn't swim and both men were holding onto the boat when Deputies Robbie Nash and Tim Shull, and Conservation Officer Dallas Neel from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries arrived.
Neel first tried to throw life saving devices to the men, but he and Shull then had to go into the pond, which was eight to nine feet deep. The officers swam to the Roskos and were pulled to shore on a rope by Corporal Robbie Nash.
At a ceremony Friday morning, Officer Neel, Corporal Nash and Deputy Shull were honored by the sheriff's office. The Roskos also thanked them for their quick, and potentially life-saving, action.
In light of the incident, Conservation Police are reminding the public about a law that requires boaters to have life jackets on board any time they are on the water, including private ponds like the one on the Rosko's property.