The Meigs Chief of Police gave two awards for acts of bravery and saving a man's life to two Meigns officers. LT Chris Lucky and OFC Jeff Riggins respond to a call Friday night just before 9 p.m. about an overturned pickup truck sinking in water on the side of the road.
OFC Jeff Riggins said, "The only thought I had was about getting into the vehicle and making sure the guy was still alive, and getting him out to safety."
It wasn't easy. The officers were dealing with dark, swampy water up to their knees, and risking snakes and alligators. As the truck continued to sink, the officers were finally able to break a window and free the driver, saving his life.
LT Chris Lucky said, "I guess that's why so many officers get involved in accidents or even fatalities, because you get to a point you just think about saving a person's life and you don't think about your own life."
You can still see bits and pieces of the truck now totaled. When surveying the scene the next day, the officers still said it’s all just a part of the job. At last word, officers said the man in the pickup truck is his late 50s, and say he was taken to Archbold Hospital in Thomasville.
There is no word yet as to what caused the accident.