MT. MORRIS, Michigan -- A Mt. Morris City police officer is being credited with saving a driver from a submerged car on Tuesday.
Officer Kevin Mihailoff was one of several officers who were dispatched to the area of Stanley Road near Clio Road for reports of a vehicle that had crashed and went over the guardrail, according to a news release.
After striking the guardrail, the vehicle fell 15-20 feet below the road surface into the water below where it landed upside down and quickly became almost completely submerged under the water. The vehicle quickly began filling up with water and due to being pinned in, the driver was unable to free himself.
Mihailoff, recognizing the danger and with no regard to his own safety, made his way down the bank to the vehicle in an attempt to free the driver. Mihailoff entered the water and broke a window to make entry into the vehicle, where he was able to free the driver and pull him out of the vehicle.
Mihailoff was then able to carry the driver up the embankment where he could be treated by medical personnel and transported to the hospital for medical care.
"Due to the quick thinking and heroic efforts of Officer Mihailoff, a terrible situation was prevented from becoming much worse," the department wrote in a statement.. "Well done Officer Mihailoff!"