LPD Officer Pulls Drowning Woman from River

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette

LANSING - A Lansing police officer jumps into the Grand River to save a woman's life. At about 6:40PM Thursday a passerby noticed the distraught woman climbing over the railing of the Kalamazoo Street bridge near Cedar Street. As the passerby approached the woman, the woman jumped off the bridge into the river.
The passerby used her cell phone to call 911, and flagged down a passing Lansing Community College police patrol car. The LCC officer threw a rope towards the woman, but the current had taken her too far away.
Other officers were told to go north, where the current was taking the woman. Lansing Police Sergeant Guy Pace positioned himself at the end of Museum Drive and saw the woman coming his way. He and another officer threw the woman a floatation device at the end of a rope.
The woman was weak and appeared to be losing consciousness. That is when Sgt. Pace entered the river and swam to the woman. As he neared her, the woman lost consciousness and went under the water. Sgt. Pace dove under and was able to grab the woman. Pace had a rope attached to him, and he and the woman were pulled back to the riverbank.
The woman, a 43-year-old from Lansing, was taken to the hospital where she is in stable condition. Her mental condition will be evaluated as well.

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  • by th Location: Lansing on Mar 5, 2011 at 03:52 AM
    Great job Sgt. Pace. You went above and beyond the call of duty. You put yourself in harm's way to save another. You are a hero!
  • by Citizen Location: Lansing on Mar 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    Excellent job, quick thinking. Thank you so much!
  • by Zach Smith Location: Eaton Rapids on Mar 4, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    Nice save guys! I don't care what they say you can never have enough police.
  • by Bill Location: Delta Twp. on Mar 4, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    A true hero, one who risks their life to safe another. That's what public safety employees do. Let's hope they don't lay him off due to lack of funds, or reprimand him for jumping in the river and getting his uniform wet..You Sgt. are a fine example for all of us. My hat's off to you. Being in public safety for over 30 years I know first hand the risk you took to save a life.
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