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Two joggers, three police officers pull driver from lake

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By Kian Hervey / The Dallas Morning News

A Dallas driver has two joggers and three quick-thinking police officers to thank after he was pulled from Bachman Lake on Friday.

Mark Sorley and Denise McElroy were jogging beside the lake around 6 a.m. when they noticed a white Isuzu Amigo driving dangerously along Northwest Highway.

The driver, who was not identified, suffered a medical condition and swerved off the road and into the lake.

“We stood there awfully shocked, hoping it would float,” Sorley said. “But it sank down slowly.”

After calling police, Sorley and McElroy jumped into the chilly lake and attempted to free the driver, who suffered a separate medical episode while underwater, according to police.

Soon afterward, northwest patrol Officers Ryan Mabry, Sean Mock and Matt Williamson arrived and quickly went to work, removing their gun belts and diving into the water.

Mabry is from Denton and a graduate of Denton High School

Mabry, a lifeguard in high school and college, ended up pulling the man out through the vehicle’s sunroof.

“It was really about timing,” Williamson said. “We just all worked together.”

Mabry, Mock and Williamson each received a Life Saving and Meritorious Conduct Award. Sorley and McElroy got citizen certificates of merit.

“Everyone thinks they deserve this award,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said at a news conference following the rescue.

Doctors say the driver can’t recall the crash or rescue, but he is expected to make a full recovery.