Public Service Commission staffer Hunter Coleman is being hailed as a hero, after he dove into cold water in Shreveport to pull a motorist out of vehicle that crashed into a pond on Monday night. Four people, including three children, were saved from the wreck, but the driver died at nearby hospital. Coleman says he doesn’t remember much from his heroic effort.
“I can just remember thinking about children trapped in a car filling up with water. This car was sinking fast, and I just threw my jacket off and ran full speed and ran into the pond.”
Coleman says the vehicle wrecked 30 yards from the shore, in water that was nearly 15 feet deep. He says he and a few other good Samaritans swam out and immediately began retrieving people from the car. Coleman grabbed 64-year-old Kathy Brown.
“I’m choking on water, and she’s choking on water, and I just remember saying stay with me, we’re almost there, and I just kicked as hard as I could.”
Coleman says the rescue was a reminder about the power of community in the face of disaster.
“The vast majority of us are good people, during that accident it didn’t matter black or white, rich or poor, Democrat, Republican. What mattered is that there was a family in need.”
Coleman serves as an enforcement agent in the office of PSC member Foster Campbell.
The woman who died has been identified as 40-year-old Megan Victoria Brown of Shreveport.