Five Madison County Men Honored For Rescuing Woman Trapped In Pond


MADISONVILLE, Texas Quick thinking Good Samaritans reunited with a Madison County woman after rescuing her in June after her car crashed into a pond.

Four first responders and a pastor were honored Thursday night in Madisonville.

It was a frightening scene in Madisonville in June.

Terri Lalli lost control of her SUV and crashed through several fences and into a pond after having a seizure.

Five men including two Madisonville Police Officers, a Sheriff's Deputy, the Madisonville Fire Chief Thom Jones and a local pastor were reunited with the woman and honored Thursday night.

"Heroes are people who rise to the occasion and quietly slip away. A quote by Tom Brokaw, so congratulations," said Chuck Driffill, with Woodmen of the World Madisonville Chapter.

Officer Tyler Ogle with the Madisonville Police Department sprung into action when he arrived on scene.

"When we got there we could see a white female, later Miss Lalli, inside the car unconscious with her head down The car was in the middle of the pond," said Ogle.

"Today it's great to be able to see someone that's walking, talking. The day we saw her she was in pretty bad shape trapped in a car floating around in a pond," said Sgt. Edward Mendoza of the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

"It was good to see that she was doing ok because she's got kids. I'm glad I was able to assist her," said Officer James Clay of the Madisonville Police Department.

All five men received Life Saver Awards from the Woodmen of the World Madisonville Chapter.

Ryan Dansby is an Associate Pastor at Sand Prairie Baptist Church.

"To me it was a God thing. The pond was about 200 yards from the road and I was extremely out of shape for a long time and I started running about three months prior, running three miles a day," said Dansby.

"It's quite amazing to actually get to hug the person that you saved," said Tyler Ogle.

A rejoiceful reunion for some humble heroes.

The rescued woman Terri Lalli spoke with us off camera and was thankful to her heroes and called the experience traumatic.

The local heroes and their families were all treated with dinner at the Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department as part of the program.


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