Home­town Hero

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Por­terdale po­lice Lt. Ja­son Cripps shows up for his job ev­ery day and con­ducts him­self in a pro­fes­sional man­ner.

Last Wed­nes­day seemed to be a nor­mal day as Cripps went about his work, serv­ing and pro­tect­ing the good peo­ple of Por­terdale.

How­ever, a dif­fer­ent kind of call came in that day when wit­nesses re­ported a man dressed in only his un­der­wear jumped off the bridge in Por­terdale into the cold Yel­low River.

Cripps rushed to the scene and didn’t hes­i­tate to jump into the 45-de­gree water of the river and pull 60-yearold Earl Young to safety.

There’s some irony to this sit­u­a­tion as Young had once threat­ened Cripps’ life.

Some may say Cripps was just do­ing his job, but we be­lieve jump­ing into a river and sav­ing a man’s life makes you a hero. We salute you, Lt. Cripps and are proud to call you one of our Home­town Heroes.

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