“It was not easy. I mean the lake had two to three feet of mud in it. He was dead weight,” said Jonathan Turbeville. The Lakeland Water Utilities worker was honored for heroism in going into Lake Parker to rescue a man struggling 30 feet from shore.
Jonathan Turbeville, a technician with Lakeland Water Utilities, was recognized for heroism at this morning’s City Commission meeting. After a city crew spotted a man struggling in Lake Parker on March 27, Turbeville ran into the lake and pulled the man out, according to city water chief Robert Connor, right, who presented the award. Recognizing that the man was suffering from hypothermia, Turbeville found warm clothes and assisted police and emergency medical responders, Connor said, adding, “His actions were prompt, decisive and selfless to help someone who was clearly in crisis.” #lkld #heroism
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