RPD officers swim across canal to save woman sprawled on tracks

Posted at 11:17 PM, Sep 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-07 23:49:35-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Two Richmond police officers are being commended for their heroic hike to help save an unconscious woman.

Officers Tommy Obenrader and Brian Sheridan were on patrol last Sunday when they were notified about a woman lying on the railroad tracks across from the North Bank trail.

Without knowing her exact location, the officers hiked three miles until they finally spotted her.

Fearing for her safety, the officers jumped into the canal and swam across to reach her.

"We weren't sure how much further up we'd have to go to cross over and so we saw a crew from Richmond Ambulance was coming down the tracks and we thought well if they need help, we don't have time to go up and around so we stripped off all our gear and headed across the canal,” Obenrader said.

Thankfully, the woman turned out to be ok.

While officer Obenrader was treated for heat exhaustion, he was back on the job later that night.