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Officer rescues drowning felon, arrests him

Man tried to flee police by swimming across San Francisquito Creek during a high tide on Tuesday

A wanted felon who attempted to escape police Tuesday by swimming across San Francisquito Creek at the Palo Alto Baylands during high tide went underwater halfway, only to be rescued by an officer, pulled back to shore, arrested and later booked into jail, police said.

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Posted by taser
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 31, 2014 at 9:49 am

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Posted by Great job!
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 31, 2014 at 11:07 am

Dear PAPD,

Ignore the earlier and any future comments from the haters and instead celebrate the fact you saved a life.

-Non-hater


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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 31, 2014 at 11:13 am

It's hard to imagine an officer loaded down with his equipment would be able to swim very well. Jumping in to save a wanted felon shows a strong desire to do make our community better and to protect everyone.


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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 31, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I'm typically critical, but that's good police work.


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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Amazing!!! Just amazing work on the part of the police and fire departments. I, too, wondered how that police officer jumped into the water and swam with all his gear on. Above and beyond the call of duty! ; )


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Posted by Nothing but praise
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 31, 2014 at 3:26 pm

The officer did exactly the right thing: he made saving a life the top priority, dealing with the felony second.

This is worth the highest praise, since the officer put his own life in danger to do the right thing.


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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 31, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Bravo PAPD


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Marie is a registered user.

Finally - I've been wondering since Tuesday what was going on Tuesday morning at Geng road, when I arrived for an Avenidas hike along the creek. This guy got a lot of attention - two fire trucks, at least 5 police cars, and a park ranger. I'm glad no one was seriously injured. Good work on the part of Palo Alto's police and fire department.


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Posted by Emilia
a resident of another community
on Feb 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Top notch work to PA police office that jumped into the creek! Recognition required for bravery.


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