Jogger dives into pond to save woman from drowning

Jogger dives into pond to save woman from drowning

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A woman is alive today thanks to a runner who decided to make her jog a little longer than usual in Maryville, Tennessee.

Gloria Davis started a non-profit greenhouse called "Special Growers," which gives people with disabilities, like her son, a place to work. She's always been about helping others, but what happened last weekend was unlike anything she's ever experienced.

She was on an ordinary run when she decided to take an extra lap around her route. That extra lap changed her ordinary run into an extraordinary experience.

"A car was going airborne into the middle of the pond," Davis said. "I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I can't believe this is happening.'"

Ann Leslie, 86, had hit the gas instead of the brakes and catapulted into the water.

"There was a woman, and she looked scared," Davis said. "[I thought,] I'm going to try and do something. I'm going into the pond."

She dove in, and once she got to the Toyota Highlander, it was almost under water.

"Miraculously, she got her back window down," Davis said. "Then she reached for me, and I got her out so her head was above water."

She held her there, above water, until paramedics arrived. By doing so, Davis saved the stranger's life.

Back at the greenhouse on Tuesday, Gloria said she just can't believe it all happened.

"It's a situation you hope you're never confronted with, but I feel like I did the right thing," Davis said.

The woman who was stuck in the car declined to go on camera, but said Davis is her guardian angel, and had Davis not been there, she wouldn't have survived.

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