These days, it often seems like only negative stories about police officers make the news. That’s why it’s so heartwarming to see a story going viral about a state trooper risking his own life to save a woman from a submerged vehicle in freezing cold water.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Connor Wager was called to a rollover crash south of the town of Emigrant. Once he arrived there, he found a woman submerged in her car in the Yellowstone River.

“After arriving on scene, he found a vehicle on its roof with the front end completely submerged in the Yellowstone River. The driver was trapped inside the vehicle and the water was nearly freezing,” the Montana Highway Patrol said on Twitter. “Wager tethered himself with a rope and entered the water making his way through the fast moving current to the overturned vehicle. The strong current prevented the rear hatch from opening, so he broke through the rear window with a rescue tool and pulled the woman out of the car.”

“With the help of first responders on the shoreline, Trooper Wager and the victim were able to make it safely back to shore where the driver was treated by EMS. Trooper Wager was treated for minor injuries and released,” the Montana Highway Patrol added.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office also addressed Wager’s heroism in a Facebook post of their own.

“Just before noon the Sheriff’s Office received a call about a vehicle upside down in the river at approximately mile marker 10 on East River Rd,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “Due to some very quick and heroic work by Deputies, Highway Patrol and Paradise Valley Fire, the driver was rescued and brought to safety with no major injuries. East River Rd will be closed for just a little while between Six Mile Creek and Murphy Lane while we get things cleaned up. Outstanding work by all!”

This just goes to show that the men and women of law enforcement are generally good people who put their lives on the line every day to help others. There may be some bad apples in the mix, but this should not be enough to poison cops in the eyes of all Americans.

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