The Villages Voice - August 2010

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Lake County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

by Staff

Barrett is Lake County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Officer Shane Barrett of the Lady Lake Police Department was honored as the Lake County Florida Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in a ceremony held at Lady Lake Council Chambers in July.  Police Chief Ed Nathanson spoke of Officer Shane’s “Service Above Self” as demonstrated by his heroism after he and two other police officers rescued a woman trapped underwater in her car earlier this year.

Officer Shane Barrett jumped into the murky waters of Lake Mira Mar to rescue the person trapped for about 10 minutes inside the totally submerged Ford explorer.  Once he broke the front driver’s-side window, the female driver was able to push herself out of the vehicle.  Barrett said he was in the water for about seven minutes total, although he recalled it felt like a lot longer.  When Barrett stood on the roof of the submerged Explorer, the lake water still reached near his knees, which means it was at least seven feet deep, he said.

Barrett doesn’t describe himself as a hero, just as a law enforcement officer doing his job.  ’We were doing our jobs,’ Barrett said. ’It’s definitely better to rescue someone than have a body recovery. You have more pride when you save someone.’

Officer Shane Barrett (left) receives Officer of the Year Award from Lady Lake Police Chief Ed Nathanson