Off-duty officer rescues 2 from submerged vehicle in Titusville

Cocoa police Cpl. Kenneth Brackin hears crash, pulls 2 from overturned car

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - An off-duty corporal with the Cocoa Police Department rescued two victims from a submerged vehicle near his home early Wednesday morning.  

Titusville police were called around 12:45 a.m. to a crash near Vacation Villas Lane and Knox McRae Drive.and found Cpl. Kenneth Brackin, an off-duty six-year veteran of the Cocoa Police Department, helping the victims out of an overturned vehicle that was almost completely submerged.

"I was up with my fiance and we just heard a loud screech and a bang," Brackin said.

Anita Waring said she was visiting from Charleston, South Carolina and said she heard a loud noise around 12:30 a.m. before she spotted the car overturned in a retention pond.

"We heard the boom and I came and looked out my window right there then I saw a car run off and water just started gushing," Waring said.

Police said a white 2003 Chevrolet sedan traveling west on Knox McRae Drive struck a fire hydrant, went airborne and landed upside down in a water-filled ditch.

Brackin heard the crash and ran to assist the trapped victims by wading in chest-high water and pulling them out of the vehicle to safety. 

"All I could see was just his face sitting in the top in the air trying to breathe, so I helped him get out of the front and asked if anybody else was in there and we also pulled his friend out," Brackin said.

“Law enforcement officers are never truly off-duty," Titusville Police Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said.

“They are always prepared to take action if needed."

The victims were not seriously injured.

No other details were released. 

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