Good samaritans recall rescuing woman, child from northwest pond

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- A woman trying to save her grandson from drowning, ended up having to be rescued herself. 72-year-old Sharon Shively is in the hospital fighting for her life.

A woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition after emergency crews responded to a possible drowning, authorities said.

Officers responded to 12520 Carroll Creek Run, just before 11 a.m. That’s in the northwest part of Allen County in the Carroll Creek subdivision, north of Carroll High School.

According to Allen County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Adam Griffith, a child went into a pond that sits behind a row of houses on that street. He was in the water about 15 to 20 feet from the shore when a relative went to get him.

Griffith said the woman started to struggle before a neighbor went into the water to help. He said the female was unresponsive when she was pulled from the water.

Larry Meyer saw the whole thing happen right from his back patio. He said Shively was trying to save her 6 year old grandson after he jumped in a pond of Carroll Road. Neighbors could only describe it as chaos.

“I saw a woman just run out there,” said Larry Meyer. “She as running awful fast for a 72 year old woman.”

Meyer was sitting on his deck as his neighbor Shively went into the pond after the boy.

“They were in there 2 or 3 minutes,” he said. “I didn’t know if they were playing or fighting.”

On the other side of the pond Stephen Zimmerman’s dogs alerted him to the commotion going on outside. Zimmerman said it was ultimately his two dogs that saved their lives.

He said his dogs were barking on his deck and when he went to see what was going on he realized they were barking at the little boy thrashing around in the water. You can watch part of his interview in the video below.

Meyer watched from afar as Zimmerman sprung into action.

“He took his shoes off and went in the water and he brought the boy out right away,” said Meyer. “He was alright.”
In the meantime Meyer called 911 and walked over to the pond so he could tell dispatchers what’s happening. Shively was floating face down in the water.

“I went to her and I pulled her so I can turn her over,” said Zimmerman. “I wanted to see if she was still alive but there was no thrashing, no nothing from her.”

Shively was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.the boy was treated at the scene, he’ll be okay.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Natural Resources will continue its investigation.

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