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Pregnant Off-Duty Calif. Deputy Saves Teen from Lake

May 04, 2013  | 

Deputy Jenna Underwood-Nunez is assigned to the Century Regional Detention Facility. Photo courtesy of LASD.
Deputy Jenna Underwood-Nunez is assigned to the Century Regional Detention Facility. Photo courtesy of LASD.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy swam into a lake to rescue a drowning teen, despite being nearly six months pregnant and off duty at the time.

Deputy Jenna Underwood-Nunez, a six-year veteran, was camping in the Silverwood area in the San Bernardino Mountains when she heard a distress call from a nearby lake.

After seeing splashing about 200 yards into the lake, she determined someone was drowning.

"Placing herself and her unborn child at potential risk out of concern for the life of a drowning person, Deputy Underwood-Nunez sprang into action and immediately ran toward the drowning victim to provide assistance," according to an LASD press release.

She swam toward the splashing while fully dressed and realized the screaming and splashing was coming from the brother of the drowning victim, who had passed out, slipped to the bottom of the lake, and was no longer breathing.

The deputy dove to the bottom, pulled the victim to the shore, and initiatived life-saving measures to restore breathing. 

After four cycles of CPR, the victim regained consciousness and was later airlifted to a local hospital. He was placed in the Intensive Care Unit and reached a stable condition. He's expected to make a full recovery. He is a 17-year-old Adelanto resident who is scheduled to graduate from high school in June.


Diving in to Help Off Duty

Comments (9)

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James @ 5/6/2013 2:47 PM

Hat's off to Deputy Jenna Underwood-Nunez! What an amazing save. She is a real hero. I'm sure she will get lots of recognition - and whatever it is - she deserves it and more! Superior job!!! Way above and beyond!

Dan Alvarez @ 5/6/2013 3:28 PM

Incredible heroism, risking her life and the life of her unborn child.
Medal of Valor candidate gets my vote.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/6/2013 3:52 PM

Brave lady, she is a real hero.

Ofc Earlycutt @ 5/6/2013 4:41 PM

I agree with you all. Love it when a bro/sis in blue go ABOVE AND BEYOND!! Hats off to ya Dpty Nunez!!!

Lt. Sal @ 5/7/2013 5:41 AM

It is very refreshing to see a positive story. Congrats on the save and truly going above and beyond. For some being an officer is what we are and not what we do. Our profession owes you a thank you as does the young man you saved. Thank you for representing us. Stay safe.

CaptJPA @ 5/7/2013 7:07 AM


Chief Edward Anderson @ 5/7/2013 12:35 PM

Excellent work Deputy Underwood-Nunez your efforts will make for a happy High School graduation instead of a mournful one. I'm sure your department will officially reward you for your quick action and bravery, I know I would.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 5/7/2013 5:51 PM

If she is not on maternity leave everything she does on duty has the potential of risk to her unborn. So being off-duty and being pregnant should not being a special consideration in what she did. If the risk is that great why is she doing it??

Dave In Austin @ 5/9/2013 10:24 AM

Great save, this took a lot of guts. We need to hear more about true heroes like Nunez...

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