Off-duty Browad County deputy saves grandmother, girl from backyard lake

Posted at 8:43 AM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 08:43:29-04
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NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- An off-duty Broward Sheriff's deputy jumped into a lake outside his home near Fort Lauderdale to rescue a toddler and her 72-year-old grandmother.

Vincent Graham tells the SunSentinel he was relaxing at home before heading to work as a detention deputy on Tuesday when his wife Patricia screamed He dashed out and saw the child's head emerge from the water.

Graham says he grabbed the child with one hand and handed her to his wife. He used the other hand to feel underwater for Jacqueline Agard.

The pair was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Agard told deputies that Miley ran after the family's cat and jumped into the water. She jumped in after her but says she lacked the strength to get them both back to shore.