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Police praise ‘hero’ officer for saving kids from water

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(Photo courtesy of Sarasota police) (Photo courtesy of Sarasota police)

A Sarasota officer is being praised for rescuing several children who were trapped in water on Tuesday.

A group of 43 children in 25 boats were taking part in a local sailing camp when a rain squall caused weather conditions to change quickly, causing the boat to capsize, police said.

As camp instructors and officers went out on safety power boats to bring the children to shore, Officer William "Bud" Johnson saw several children in distress. He immediately jumped into a small boat and lifted children onto the boat with him.

"This officer exemplified exactly what police officers are: heroes," Sarasota police Chief Bernadette DiPino said in a statement. "He was instrumental in the saving of the lives of many young people."

The children all had life vests and were trained to remain calm. Camp administrator Karen Tone told police that they were on their way in when the rain started.

Police confirmed that all of the children were accounted for and there were no injuries.

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