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Officer's Quick Actions Saved Drowning Teen

Officer's Quick Actions Saved Drowning Teen

The Baltimore Sun via YellowBrix

June 06, 2011

KENT, Ohio— A Kent Police Department Patrolman made a snap decision and saved a teen from drowning in the Cuyahoga River.

Saturday evening, Officer Jim Ennemoser heard an emergency call for the fire department over the scanner, and decided to head to the river himself.

He got there first.

“I was coming down the path right here, I could hear people yelling to the people in the water to try and make it to shore,” Ennemoser said, while pointing to the spot of the incident.

A teen was struggling in the water, going under, trying to swim, but he couldn’t.

Officials say while the water may look calm on the surface, there can be swift currents underneath.

“One male went underwater about a foot, foot and a half, and he wasn’t coming back to the surface,” Ennemoser said.

Ennemoser is a K-9 officer, and if it wasn’t for his dog, Aiko, the outcome could have been tragic. Aiko didn’t help save the boy, but his tracking harness and 30-foot tracking lead did.

“I threw my tracking harness right on top of [the teen] and it hit him in the head, and he was able to grab that, and then I pulled him up close into shore, and once he got up onto shore, I pulled him up all the way,” Ennemoser said.

The teen was checked out by Kent EMS before being released to his parents.

But that’s not the only rescue the patrolman has made recently: Ennemoser pulled four people out of the river in the last two days.

He also helped the boy’s friend and a woman out of the water who had jumped in to save the drowning teen.

Then, there was a separate incident the night before, when a guy running from police jumped in the river and got in over his head, literally.

Ennemoser says he wants to find the woman who jumped in to help the boy yesterday.

She left before he could thank her.


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    USLawman1983

    about 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Saving lives - that's what its all about!

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    coshane220

    about 3 years ago

    682 Comments

    AWESOME!!!! Great Job from this officer to use the resources that he head on his person to do this!!!

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    Hbryant188

    about 3 years ago

    594 Comments

    Outstanding.

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    rafaelmorales

    about 3 years ago

    2994 Comments

    GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    gradyg

    about 3 years ago

    1118 Comments

    Great job and his quick thinking saved a life, keep doing the great job Officer Ennemoser that police department is fortunate to have an Officer like him on their force, GOD BLESS.

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    mossman8235

    about 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    Great job Officer. Proud to say that I live in Kent, Ohio and lucky to have a great police force.

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    Mark508

    about 3 years ago

    248 Comments

    Good job.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Awesome job.....

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    Collegecop_WA

    about 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Well done Officer Ennemoser, you are a credit to our profession!

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    jpdsgtusmc

    about 3 years ago

    126 Comments

    Thankfully a guy with BRASS BALLS and sense enough to know you don't let someone drown. He obviously didn't worry about departmental policy or training he did/didn't have-HE did something!! Very WELL DONE!!

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    LanaNJ

    about 3 years ago

    6948 Comments

    Beautiful.
    What an officer, what a guy, what a blessing to the community! +1

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    Irishcop1961

    about 3 years ago

    50490 Comments

    Outstanding job Officer Ennemoser.

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    DiamondsnPearls

    about 3 years ago

    3026 Comments

    great job!

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    esu

    about 3 years ago

    498 Comments

    Great job by the officer, agree with Kevw , water rescue equipment is relatively cheap and lasts a long time in the trunk of a car. We were taught to use the spare tire as a rescue device, hard to throw but it floats very well and will support some weight.

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    jlandreth

    about 3 years ago

    106 Comments

    Great job!!

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