One day after her car crashed through two fences and into an inground pool in East Bridgewater, Marjorie Ponder thanked the three women who rescued her.
All Marjorie Ponder remembers of her brush with death on Tuesday are the moments before her Kia crashed through two fences and plunged into an in-ground pool.
“I saw the stockade fence, and I remember going like that,” Ponder, 63, said, motioning with her two hands to cover her face. “That’s really all I remember, and then I was in the ambulance.”
The crucial moments came in between, when Amy Rinker, Jennifer Pavao and Kerry Keene – all of East Bridgewater – banded together to get Ponder out of her Kia as it began sinking into the pool.
One day after the crash, an emotional Ponder thanked the three women who rescued her.
“Thank you so much,” Ponder said as she hugged Keene, while visiting with the three rescuers in the living room of her Tenzi Terrace home. “I can thank you for the rest of my life.”
The three women came to Ponder’s rescue on Tuesday afternoon, moments after the Kia that Ponder was driving plunged into the pool in Pavao’s backyard on Washington Street.
A longtime diabetic, Ponder said she suffered a diabetic attack at the time of the crash. Her low insulin level caused her to lose control of the vehicle. She was submerged in cold water in the pool for several minutes.
Ponder, a widowed mother of two and grandmother of four, sat quietly in a chair after the interviews. She thought about what might have happened had her rescuers not been there to save her. She began crying as she thought about the people closest to her – those she might never have seen again, but for her rescuers.
“I have so much to live for with my grandchildren,” said Ponder, crying. “They’re my main thing in my life.”
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