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Off-duty Calif. deputy saved by couple after crash

The off-duty officer was drowning after his car crashed in a lake

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REDDING, Calif. — Several days after a Humboldt County sheriff's deputy nearly died in a crash into the Trinity River, a story is emerging about how a local resident and others came to the man's rescue.

The 30-year-old driver, identified by his rescuers as Humboldt County sheriff's deputy Ken Dison of McKinleyville, lost control of his westbound car on a curve on Highway 299 in a heavy downpour Friday morning, the California Highway Patrol reported.

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