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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Being in a big crowd was a bit overwhelming for 21-year-old Nhi Tran, but she says she was excited to meet the man who saved her and her cousin’s life early Saturday morning. Trans was an invited guest at Wednesday’s breakfast meeting held by the North Texas Crime Commission.

“I’m so happy, right now,” Tran said excited, “because I can meet him here.”

Tran and 20-year-old Ngoc Do were invited to meet the man who pulled them from their sinking vehicle last Saturday. Rockwall County Sheriff’s Deputy Keven Rowan was also invited, to be honored for his bravery. It was the first time the women had a chance to thank their rescuer.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday Do and her cousin were going home from dinner when they got lost and ended up driving down a dark road in Elgin B. Robertson Park, at Lake Ray Hubbard. What Doc and Tran didn’t realize is they were heading down a boat ramp and their car slammed into the water.

Deputy Rowan just happened to be patrolling the area when he said he spotted the headlights in the water. He says he took his gun belt and police gear off, went into the water and to the sinking car. Rowan said he used a small pen-like device to break the car glass, pull the women out of the car and carry them to higher ground. A dash cam, mounted on his squad car ,caught the entire rescue on tape.

Since the rescue Rowan said he has been inundated with congratulatory messages.

“I never ever in my life thought it would turn out to be like this,” Rowan said surprised. “But it’s nice to get the accolades and the praises and the ‘good jobs’ and the ‘attaboys’ and all that. So it’s nice.”

Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson said, “it’s one of those stories, the more you hear about it, the better it gets.”

Eavenson went on to explain that the situation was deadly serious and the women had very little time to get out of the sinking vehicle.

“The window of opportunity, in my opinion, to save those two girls, couldn’t have been more than three minutes,” said the Sheriff. “Three minutes later [and] that car would have been under.”

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