Anderson, Indiana

AU grad and police officer helps rescue woman from sinking car

Thu, 2010-12-09 09:00 -- univcomm
December 9, 2010

Anderson University graduate Steven Jones has been an officer in training with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police for only eight weeks. But there was no hesitation on his part when he and veteran partner Chris Weunsch responded to the call about a vehicle that had slid into a retention pond last week Wednesday.

According to, the officers arrived on the scene and found 23-year-old Elizabeth Perez trapped inside a sinking SUV. Immediately they jumped into the water. Perez was unable to roll her window down, and the water pressure was too great to open the doors.

Jones then handed his brand new baton to Weunsch, who smashed through the rear window of the vehicle. Perez escaped, and Jones's baton, deeply scratched and dented, now bears a permanent reminder of the events of the day.

The following day, Perez visited the officers and thanked them in person for their heroic actions.

A 2009 graduate of Anderson University, Jones majored in criminal justice and minored in history.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.