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Pregnant Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Saves Drowning Teen

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Sheriff's Deputy Jenna Underwood-Nunez (credit: LA County Sheriff's Dept.)

Sheriff’s Deputy Jenna Underwood-Nunez (credit: LA County Sheriff’s Dept.)

SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — A pregnant off-duty Sheriff’s deputy is credited with saving the life of a drowning teenager.

According to the LA County Sheriff’s department, Deputy Jenna Underwood-Nunez heard a distress call while dining with family in the Silverwood campgrounds in San Bernadino County on Saturday, April 27, around 5 p.m.

Underwood-Nunez is 5 ½ months pregnant. She saw someone splashing in a lake, about 200 yards out. She determined the person was drowning

Placing herself, and her unborn child at risk, the deputy sprang into action fully-clothed. She quickly learned the person screaming was actually the brother of the drowning victim who was at the bottom of the lake, about 15 feet down.

She dove to the bottom of the lake and then pulled the victim to shore where she initiated CPR.

The victim, a 17-year-old high school student from Adelanto,  regained consciousness during her 4th CPR cycle. The victim was subsequently airlifted to a local hospital.

The teen was placed in the ICU where he was listed in stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery.

A deputy for six years, Underwood-Nunez is assigned to the Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF).

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