Mt. Healthy officer hailed as hero for rescuing woman from water

Updated: May. 27, 2020 at 12:21 PM EDT
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MT. HEALTHY, Ohio (FOX19) - A Mt. Healthy police officer is credited with helping save a young woman’s life.

In the body cam video released by the department, you can hear Officer Michael Varin as he struggles through a wooded area trying to find the woman.

Varin was determined to find the woman who police called “despondent.”

According to the department’s Facebook post on May 23, officers say they got a call about an “intoxicated woman” walking down the ramp of Ronald Reagan Highway to Hamilton Avenue.

Police say she was with some family but was upset and screaming at them to leave her alone.

As they went to check on her, she ran into a wooded area.

That began an exhaustive search by Mt. Healthy officers trying to find the woman and get her to safety.

The body cam video shows Officer Varin as he finds the woman lying face down in water and he quickly called it in.

“8 Mary 31, I got a female in the water. Hey, I need somebody down here,” Varin called over his radio.

Police say the 19-year-old was breathing when she was located.

Officer Varin pulled her from the water with the assistance of the Mt. Healthy Fire Department.

The woman was admitted to the hospital and is expected to be okay.

Varin will be recognized for his actions at a future date, according to the department.

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