NOPD officer who saved woman from floods honored by city council
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A New Orleans Police Officer who saved a woman during last week's flooding was honored by the New Orleans City Council Thursday.
The rescue was caught on video during a live report.
A woman drove around police cars, and went right into the floodwaters under the Carrollton underpass.
Officer Brian Frank, who can't swim, ran into the water and pulled her out through her car window.
The woman, identified as Jeannie Higgins, apparently did not see or ignored police vehicles with their lights flashing, as well as an officer's call for her to stop, instead driving straight into the deep water.
Higgins appeared shaken but unharmed as she was carried to safety by Officer Frank.
Frank also saved a second person that day, despite not knowing how to swim.
"Everyone thinks we are bad, but we save lives," Frank said. "I love doing it. If I have to do it one thousand times again, I will do it a thousand times."
Not only was Higgins honored for his actions, but the city council has arranged for him to take swimming lessons at the Dryades YMCA.
Police Chief Michael Harrison said later in a phone interview that he was extremely proud of the officer's actions.
"It's very heroic," he said. "I'm extremely proud. What we want to do is make sure our citizens are not in that kind of position."
The council is also covering a myriad of issues, ranging from the Sewerage and Water board to paid actors at the Entergy power plant meetings. Those issues will be addressed Thursday afternoon.
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