NASHUA, N.H. — A New Hampshire police department has honored a woman who tried to save a man who drowned in a Nashua pond this summer.

Police said Janet Covert, a trained lifeguard, dove into the water fully clothed. She was able to help a man – who turned out to be a police officer – pull the other man to shore at Sandy Pond.

The man, 29-year-old Nashua resident Jay Coocen, died despite 30 minutes of lifesaving attempts by paramedics.

Nashua Police Chief John Seusing gave Covert and the Officer Tim Orrico letters of commendation for their efforts Wednesday. He said even though the outcome was tragic, the actions are well worth recognizing.