Saturday, May 10, 2003


Tallahassee Democrat | 05/09/2003 | Man who can't swim saves woman in pond

Tracy Olson cannot swim. But when he saw an elderly woman lose control and drive her car into a small pond behind his home, he knew he had to do something.

So Olson, a self-employed plumber, grabbed a hammer and dog-paddled his way to the sinking Ford Crown Victoria. He made his way to the car, broke one window with the hammer and managed to pull Ann Adamski, 86, to safety.

"He couldn't swim, but he jumped in," said Pasco County Sheriff's Sgt. Raymond Stanley. "He did what he had to do. He saved her life."

A good story about a hero, but brings home how in Florida old people drive into ponds and sometimes even into other people.