CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A Charlotte County deputy is getting statewide recognition.
K-9 Corporal Emmett Merritt Junior was named by the Florida Sheriff's Association as runner-up for "2010 Deputy Sheriff of the Year."
In February, Merritt responded to a traffic accident on Veterans Highway in Port Charlotte.
The mother who had been driving ran to a nearby lake and was trying to drown her two small children.
Merritt wrestled the children away from her and got them safely to shore.