Deputy Taylor Grant was responding to a drowning call at a home on Green Key Road in New Port Richey.
The 51-year-old victim was in the water, trapped between the seawall and a floating walkway. According to his wife, had been in the water for roughly 30 minutes.
Deputy Grant had to jump a 10-foot fence and run almost 5 acres to get to the scene. As Grant closed in, he heard the victim’s wife screaming for help as she struggled to pull her husband, Juan Munoz-Valencia, out of the water.
The Munoz-Valencia was caught between a seawall and a floating dock, complicating the rescue. Grant rushed in and pulled Munoz-Valencia onto the dock. At first, Munoz-Valencia was unresponsive, but Grant managed to revive him.
Paramedics rushed Munoz-Valencia to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition