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.
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.”