When nurse Andrew Lunn saw a driver mistakenly back his car into the Wicomico River by Anchorage Healthcare Center, he sprang into action.
“I didn’t have the option of waiting for 911 because with the response time, the car would have been underwater,” he told Delmarva Now. “I had to assess the situation to figure out the best way that both of us could have made it out of there alive.”
Lunn was on his way to begin his shift as a charge nurse at Anchorage, a skilled-nursing facility in Salisbury, Md., when the incident occurred. The driver was trying to park his car but accidentally backed into the river.
Realizing the driver couldn’t escape, Lunn threw a preserver into the river and dove in, pulling the man out through the window and toward safety.
Lunn has been a nurse with CommuniCare Family of Cos., which operates Anchorage Healthcare, for more than a year and a nurse for a decade. He credited his experience as a nurse and a former lifeguard for his quick response and calmness.
“We know that our employees are part of a larger caring community, that they take what they do at work and bring that level of compassion and care wherever they go, to the benefit of everyone in their community,” Stephen Rosedale, founder and CEO of CommuniCare, said in a news release. “We are proud Andrew is part of ours.”