Above and be­yond

Por­terdale Lt. saves man from Yel­low River

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

For Por­terdale Po­lice Lt. Ja­son Cripps, jump­ing into the Yel­low River to save a man’s life was just part of his job, but for the fam­ily of 60-yearold Earl Young, he went above and be­yond the call of duty Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Cripps was at work to cover a shift for a fel­low of­fi­cer when he re­ceived news that some­one was stand­ing on the bridge next to the Por­terdale Mill Lofts and ap­peared to be pre­par­ing to jump into the icy water. Cripps said peo­ple have re­ported jumpers sev­eral times over the last five years and when the po­lice ar­rive, no one is there. But he was headed out to check any­way when dis­patch called around 12:30 p.m. and said a passerby had wit­nessed a man in his un­der­wear and flipflops dive into the water. Cripps, along with In­ves­ti­ga­tor Dou­glas Clifton and Chief Ge­off Ja­cobs rushed to the scene.

At first, they saw noth­ing, and then Cripps said he heard Young. As he watched the man float into the mid­dle of the river on the loft side, his hands were start­ing to claw up and his body was start­ing to pull into a fe­tal po­si­tion.

“All of a sud­den, he just rolled over like an ap­ple,” Cripps said. Wast­ing no time, he ra­dioed that he was go­ing in, and made his way into the 40 de­gree water, swim­ming into the mid­dle to grab the man and haul him to shore.

“He kept say­ing, ‘Just let me go,’” Cripps said

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Thurs­day. “And I told him that wasn’t hap­pen­ing on my watch.”

Young is known to the po- lice and ac­cord­ing to Cripps once threat­ened to “Kill him, chop him up and bury him by the river.”

“I said to the chief, how ironic is it that this is a man who threat­ened to kill me and bury me right out here?”

Although Cripps said he was just do­ing his job, Young’s sis­ter Elaine Con­ley said he’s a hero in her eyes.

“I thank the lit­tle guy a lot be­cause he did risk his life jump­ing in that river there to save my brother. Yes­ter­day morn­ing, I had a bad feel­ing and when I was talk­ing to the lit­tle of­fi­cer at the hospi­tal and I told him that and he said that it was sup­posed to have been his day off, I think it was just meant for him to be there. He didn’t have to jump in that river, but I’m sure thank­ful he did!”

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