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Police Save Fleeing Perp Drowning in River

The AP via YellowBrix

December 22, 2009

TAMPA, Fla. – A Zephyrhills man reportedly trying to get away from Tampa police had to be rescued by an officer after jumping into the Hillsborough River.

Police say 34-year-old Craig Kendrick was driving a suspected stolen vehicle with his two teenage sons early Monday morning, when an officer tried to pull him over. The car crashed after a short chase. Police say Kendrick jumped in the nearby river and swam about 30 yards before stopping and calling for help. Officer Mark Vazquez used the back seat from a police vehicle to swim out to Kendrick and pull him onto shore, where he was treated for hypothermia and chest pain.

Kendrick was charged with armed robbery, grand theft and other charges. He was being held without bail.


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    deputyroark

    over 4 years ago

    196 Comments

    Good job Officer Vazquez.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11226 Comments

    Great work by Officer Vazquez !! Hey Kendrick, pulling you out of the river was your Christmas present !!!!

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    IowaNinersFan

    over 4 years ago

    22722 Comments

    Good job Officer Vazquez.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Nice work by the officers!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Dear Criminals,

    I understand that when you do a serious crime that you can become very desperate. But you must understand that as police officer, our job is to put you behind bars. Jumping into a river will not deter us from doing that job. As you can see, you either could not swim or just became very tired from runnning. So, in the future just throw your hands up in the air and give up. We'll catch you no matter what!

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    184retired

    over 4 years ago

    3806 Comments

    Gee what a difference from the previous article yet another ambush...All we do is try and help in this case Officer Vazquez risked his own life to save a criminal...Probably that would have just as soon shot him then be arrested...Yet everyone still hates the cops...Right up until you need them..It's a thankless job but some how so personally rewarding...Good job all the way around.

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    43784 Comments

    Officer Vazquez is my newest hero. I'm glad the good guy is ok. And I'm glad the bad guys went to jail. I love a happy ending.

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    usa_24

    over 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    Great by the officers. Now put time behind bars where he belongs.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Good job guys... Now, book his a**

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    Daysend

    over 4 years ago

    902 Comments

    Thats heart and soul baby. It's a scumbag, but he's also a human life, and he needs your help.
    Thats still going above and beyond if you ask me. We'll done.

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    specop

    over 4 years ago

    54 Comments

    this is funny its right in my area,good job TPD!

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    dwhj03

    over 4 years ago

    56 Comments

    Quick thinking on the officers part using the back seat as a flotation device. I hope the media lets these kind of stories come to public attention, Its nice to hear a good story about LEOs for a change.

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    mhare

    over 4 years ago

    424 Comments

    I can only imagine the things Ofc. Vazquez was muttering under his breath (or maybe not under his breath) as he was paddling a patrol car seat out into a river to save that 9'er! I can almost here the "Baywatch" theme music!

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    51038 Comments

    Great job Officer Vasquez.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    God Save The Queen! Save those even if they are not worth saving. It's do into others.......as you would have them do unto you.

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