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Officer, Teenager Rescue 12-Year-Old

Posted at 4:33 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 17:43:49-04

FALMOUTH, Ky. (LEX 18)– A teenager and a Falmouth Police Officer worked together to save the life of a 12-year-old boy who could have drowned Thursday.

The Licking River is a popular hangout spot during the summer months. Thursday around 6 p.m., it nearly became the scene of a tragedy.

“Threw my gun belt off and went into the river, and I told them, ‘hold on I’m coming in guys,'” said Officer Steven Linville with the Falmouth Police Department.

Linville said that the true hero in the situation was the rescued boy’s older brother.

“The brother was the true rescuer and the true hero in that situation. I was just here to help the rest of the way,” he said. “I retrieved the 12-year-old, Kind of cradled him, swam to where I could get my footing, got him to the shoreline, set him down and he spit up water. Then I knew I had to pick him up and go the rest of the way.”

The officer and the brother got the boy to paramedics who took him to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Linville then changed clothes and went back to work.

Officer Linville said he would like to see the boy and see him recover.