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First responders rescue distressed woman, wet dog in separate incidents in Marco Island

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Posted at 1:12 PM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 13:12:49-05

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. -- First responders for several agencies and local residents are being recognized for helping save lives in two unrelated dangerous situations in Marco Island this week.

The first happened on New Year's Eve around 5:30 p.m. That's when reports came in of a woman attempting to jump from the 19th floor of a Seaview Court condo balcony.

According to Marco Island Police, residents Sharon Femia and Agnes McDermott took action to assist the woman back over the railing to safety, and called 911. Marco Island Police, Marco Island Fire Rescue, and Collier County EMS personnel then arrived and completed an assessment. The subject was then transported by officers to a local facility.

The second incident happened New Year's Day and involved an endangered dog. Police say callers reported a dog in distress in the water near Grapewood Court. One resident initially got in the water to attempt to rescue the dog, but was unsuccessful. Officer Ferris arrived and located the dog near Polynesia Court, being swept out into the bay.

The officer entered the water to help rescue the exhausted dog as its owner arrived in a boat to take possession of the dog.

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Officer Ferris with a dog he rescued from the water in Marco Island on January 1, 2020.

Thanks go out to everybody who assisted in the rescues of these two individuals.