Published: May 18, 2013 8:51 PM EDT

LEALMAN, Fla. (AP) - Two Good Samaritans are being praised after authorities say they rescued a disabled veteran whose wheelchair rolled into a southwest Florida pond.
Lealman Police say 79-year-old Robert Lunay was sitting in his wheelchair overlooking a pond Friday night when his wheelchair slipped and he fell into the water. Lunay is a double-amputee.
Robert Fields and Norman Steers happened to be nearby and heard Lunay calling for help. They jumped into the water and pulled him to shore.
Lunay was not injured.
Lealman Fire Captain Larry Thompson says "this could have ended tragically" if the two men had not rushed to action.

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