Deputy Jumps in River, Saves Escapee

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A western Kentucky sheriff's deputy jumped into the Tennessee River and saved a handcuffed Illinois man after police say he jumped from a rescue boat after being arrested.

Livingston County Chief Deputy Devin Brewer told The Paducah Sun that Deputy Kenneth Vincent jumped from the boat Saturday afternoon and pulled 34-year-old Shaun Gilmore of Clinton, Ill., from the water.

Brewer said Gilmore leapt into the water as deputies took him from an area near Kentucky Dam to a police staging ground in Marshall County. Brewer said Gilmore talked about taking methamphetamine before calling 911.

During the transport, Gilmore jumped from the boat. Vincent, clad in body armor and full-duty gear, pulled Gilmore from underneath the water.

Both Gilmore and Vincent were treated and released from Lourdes hospital for hypothermia. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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