A retired firefighter helped crews rescue a man after his car rolled over and plunged into a pond in Easton.

Leon Rudman, 73, believes he hit a patch of ice or a rock, which made his car veer off of Bay Road and land upside down in a pond Tuesday morning. 

"I knew something was wrong because I couldn’t move around," said Rudman. "I didn’t realize I was upside down."

Retired firefighter Lee Anderson said he heard the crash and rushed over to help.

"Went to driver side, yelled, said, ‘Hello anyone in there.’ Leon said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘You hurt?’ He said ‘No.’ I said, ‘Well you’re not in the water, so let’s wait until fire crew gets here,’" said Anderson.

Firefighters who responded to the scene cut away a door and pulled Rudman out. Crews said Rudman was fortunate to have his seatbelt on because it kept his body out of the water.

Rudman suffered a sore neck in the crash but said he is fine. He said he is thankful to Anderson and the firefighters for helping him.

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