Police rescue drowning man from river

Created: 06/10/2014 4:08 PM
By: Dylan Wohlenhaus, KHQ

A quick-thinking police officer is being credited with saving a drowning man's life.

On Monday morning Spokane, Washington police and fire crews responded to a man in distress in the Spokane River. Police say Gonzaga students spotted the man east of the Division Street Bridge.

When senior Patrol Officer Bruce Palmer arrived he surveyed the scene, then ran to a nearby hotel pool to grab a life ring and a rope. He ran back and threw the ring and rope into the water for the man to grab onto. The man in the river was able to grab them and hold on until more responders arrived and threw him ropes from shore.

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