Mayor Saves Man's Life

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin says he was just in the right place and the right time, and he's thankful he knew CPR.

Park managers credit him for saving a 24 year old man from drowning.

Tuesday afternoon, the lake at Jenny Wiley State Park is calm, but it was a much different scene 24 hours earlier.

“My first call was that we were probably looking at a fatality,” Scott Ringham, Park Manager, said.

Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin was riding his jet ski when he passed a group of people in the lake and they started frantically waving at him.

“I just thought they wanted to ride the jet skis,” Fannin said.

When he got to them, he discovered they weren't looking for fun, but for help.

“One of them said, do you know CPR and they had a boy laying there in the water and one was holding his head up,” Fannin said.

Mayor Fannin says he got the boy to land and started CPR.

“Actually, by the looks of it, I didn't think that I could actually bring him back,” Fannin said.

But he never gave up.

“The last time I went down to push, he grunted, let some water out and started breathing,” Fannin said.

“The result is a young man's life was saved,” Timothy Cooley said.

When Rescue squad members arrived, they took him to the hospital and say he will be okay.

Officials say he wasn't wearing a life jacket and got too tired swimming across the lake. Park Managers say he's lucky the Mayor was nearby.

“Taken what could have been a very bad day and turned it into a day where I think this community breathed a huge sigh of relief,” Ringham said.

The man's name hasn't been officially released.

The mayor says he hasn't been able to speak with the man since rescue squad members took him to the hospital, but he hopes to in the future.

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