Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy honored for ‘bravery and courage’

Tom Munzert has been a Wayne County sheriff’s deputy for a little over a year, but he’s already got an impressive medal.

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Sheriff Barry Virts presented Munzert with the Meritorious Conduct Medal for his efforts to save a woman whose vehicle had crashed and overturned in a pond in Arcadia in July.

Virts said it is only the second one presented in the last eight years.

In a proclamation, Virts said Munzert was on patrol on Saturday, July 15, when he was dispatched by 911 operators to 6405 Bloom Road, where a car driven by Sandra Casselman had gone into a pond and overturned.

Virts said Munzert jumped into the pond without safety equipment and pulled Casselman from the car, which Virts said was filling with both water and smoke.

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