BSO Deputy Wades into the Intracoastal to Help Injured Girl

March 26, 2008

 BSO Deputy Wades into the Intracoastal to Help Injured Girl

When a 16-year-old girl was thrown from a truck over a bridge during an early-morning rollover crash on East Atlantic Boulevard, BSO Dep. Richard Van Der Eems arrived on scene to hear her screaming from the Intracoastal Waterway below. He made his way down to the water’s edge in the dark and saw the injured, frightened girl in two feet of water. Dep. Van Der Eems rushed into the cold water and tried to keep her warm and calm until paramedics arrived. She was bleeding profusely and had a broken leg, but the girl seemed more worried about facing her parents than anything else. The circumstances of the crash are still under investigation.

Photo Caption: Dep. Richard Van Der Eems has worked for BSO since 1999.

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