Columbus police praise hero who rescued woman, toddler from SUV

Updated - Columbus police are praising a man who rescued a woman and a toddler from an SUV that ran off a boat ramp.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 12:06 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2019 4:39 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - A man rescued a woman and toddler from an SUV that ran off a boat ramp in Columbus.

The incident happened Saturday night near the Columbus Lock and Dam.

According to the Columbus Police Department, the woman called a friend who broke open a window and rescued both before first responders arrived.

No one was hurt.

Police Chief Fred Shelton said the unnamed woman and the child were taken to the hospital.

At this time, police are not releasing many details about the incident. They are not saying if it was accidental or intentional.

“This is an ongoing case with many details,” Shelton said. “We are working through many different parts of the case and will continue to do so. The child involved in the incident is safe. The man that put his own life at risk to save these two people is a hero. We would never tell anyone to take such actions, but he did what he had to do. I am convinced the outcome would have been much worse without his life-saving work. We don’t identify persons in this type of case, but he is a hero for sure.”

Police did not identify the man. 

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