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UPDATED – Must see: Rescuer tells trapped woman, ‘Get off the phone and grab my hand’

The rescuer had to get the woman to put down her cell phone so he could lead her to safety along I-80 in Marseilles, Illinois over the weekend. The man told her,”Get off the phone and grab my hand”. Read more here.

It turns out that the rescuer is a former firefighter.

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The Times:

The rescuer — whose efforts were caught on video — was Jeff Horner, of Grand Ridge.

Horner, a former Grand Ridge volunteer firefighter, remembered safety techniques learned in his services and waded out to rescue the frightened woman.

“As I got near her she said she couldn’t swim,” he said. “It was scary for a few moments and she was on her cell phone. I told her to get off the phone and take my hand.”

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