Deputy LeAna Cudzilo from the Manatee County Sheriff's Department in Florida is being honored for the bravery and courage she exhibited when she jumped into shark infested waters to save a dog in distress.
The rescue began on the evening of August 31 when the owners of a Coonhound mix named Fern installed a new invisible electric fence.
Unfortunately, as these devices sometimes do, Fern was so frightened by the shock that she bolted from her yard and off a boat dock into a canal. She didn't stop there; she kept swimming, straight for the ocean.
When Cudzilo arrived on the scene, she could hear Fern howling in the distance and knew the dog was in trouble. She asked the dog's owner to get in a boat and help her get Fern back to shore.
However, the boat motor only panicked Fern more. "Every time we got close, the engine scared her, and she ended up swimming up to the tip of the Anna Maria fishing pier," Cudzilo told the BradentonRead More »from Deputy Recognized for Saving Dog in Shark Infested Waters