Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields is praising three of his deputies for their efforts to save a man whose car careened into a creek Tuesday near Robbins.
The single-vehicle accident was reported about 2:50 p.m. on N.C. 24-27. Responding deputies Kim Edwards, Dustin Hussey and Detective Sgt. Tyler Cheek found the car “submerged in water,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The agency said the deputies entered the water “without hesitation,” and successfully removed the driver from his waterlogged vehicle. The man, whose name has not been released by authorities, was later pronounced dead from injuries he suffered during the crash, the Sheriff’s Office said.
“While I am terribly sorry about the loss of life that occurred and will continue to remember the family in my prayers, I am tremendously proud of these three members of our office,” Fields said in a statement. “Deputies Edwards and Hussey and Detective Sergeant Cheek each risked their own safety by entering the cold water in an attempt to save a life.”
The three law enforcers, Fields said, “practiced the motto that we preach everyday here at the Moore County Sheriff’s Office: service before self.”
Information about the cause of the accident was not immediately available. The crash is being investigated by the state Highway Patrol.