June 3, 2017

Positivity: North High School grad reunites with officer who saved her life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Bakersfield, California (video at link):

Wednesday, May 31st 2017

Wednesday, a North High School graduating senior reunited with the Bakersfield Police officer who saved her life six years ago.

When Vanessa Martinez-Van Slyke was in sixth grade she went swimming in the Kern River. It did not take long until she was swept away by the strong current.

“When you’re in that water and you can’t breath there is a point when you just, I don’t want to say give up, but that’s what happened,” Martinez-Van Slyke said.

She said since then, she has been trying to get in contact with Officer Andrew Ferguson, the Bakersfield Police officer who jumped into the river to save her.

“I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for a while to thank him,” she said.

Martinez-Van Slyke said she was not having luck, and then one day Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin was giving a talk at her school. She said she took that opportunity to tell Chief Martin her story, in hopes she could get in contact with Ferguson.

With the help of Chief Martin, Martinez-Van Slyke was able to present Ferguson with a special award at a Senior Awards Ceremony for her graduating class.

“I know it meant a lot to her, so when she reached out to me, there was no way I was going to say no and not come out,” Officer Ferguson said.

“I finally feel complete that I can let him know how much he means to me,” Martinez-Van Slyke said.

She presented Ferguson with a gift that has, “Officer Ferguson without you I wouldn’t be here,” engraved in it. …

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