Deputy saves prisoner's life

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Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - David Dycus

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Ky. -   Dispatchers at the 911 center answered a terrifying call Saturday evening.  The dispatcher heard heavy breathing and then a voice say, "Guys are chasing me."

Then, the phone went dead.  The call was traced to a wooded area off the banks of the Tennessee River.

Deputy Kenny Vincent had to get on a boat to get there. One hour later, Shawn Gilmore was in custody.

"He stated he had been doing meth for a few days, and said he did a few grams that day," Vincent remembered.

He handcuffed Gilmore, had him on that boat, and heard a splash.

"I went ahead and jumped in," he said of diving into the 40 degree water.

"I knew if I didn't, he was going to die.  He was going to drown," he continued.

The rescue was not only cold but tough, "He sank down far enough in the water where I couldn't see his head and at that point he quit fighting.  He wasn't even trying to swim anymore."

Vincent knows he saved Gilmore's life that day. He just hopes he changed the life he wants to lead, "I'm hoping now that he came that close to losing his life, that it kind of opens his eyes and he stops doing what he's doing and takes a turn for the better."

Gilmore, 34, of Clinton, Indiana was arrested and charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest, and escape 3rd degree.

Both Gilmore and Vincent were treated for hypothermia.

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