Miami Gardens Officer Saves Man From Drowning In Lake

A Miami Gardens Police officer is being hailed a hero after rescuing a man from drowning in a neighborhood lake.

Witnesses recorded videos that appear to show Kenneth Hartley in the water with Officer Sylvia Caceres, the department's first woman to work as a K-9 officer.

According to officers, neighbors called 911 when Hartley fell off a kayak. 

Caceres, who has experience as a lifeguard, was the first to arrive.

Caceres remained with Hartley until Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel arrived. 

When Hartley refused to be taken to the hospital, they had to handcuff him. 

On Wednesday afternoon, he was released and said he was doing well.

Caceres said she believes her colleagues would have been able to deal with the uncooperative man just the same. 

"We're all heroes. I mean, all these guys would have done it, had they gotten there before me," Caceres said. "I am sure. It's what we do."

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