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Trooper Saves Life in Washington County

Date of News Release: 01/01/2010

(Columbia, Ky.) -- On Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 4:10 PM EDT, Post 15 received a littering complaint on Chaplin Road in Washington County. Senior Trooper Fred Cornett was dispatched to the caller's residence where he was told someone had been dumping trash on the caller's property at Tatum Springs Road, also in Washington County. Tpr. Cornett was following the complainant to the property when he passed by a residence and observed a person hanging from a tree. Tpr. Cornett immediately stopped and exited his car. He ran to the person, grabbed him around the waist and lifted him up, taking the pressure off of the chain. This allowed the original caller, who had also stopped, to remove the noose from around the person's neck. Tpr. Cornett then lowered the person to the ground. Realizing that the person was still alive and beginning to breathe, at 4:35 EDT Tpr. Cornett radioed to Post 15 dispatch, asking for EMS. Washington County EMS arrived on the scene and the subject was taken to Lifepoint Springview Medical Center in Lebanon where he was treated and later released. Tpr. Cornett is an 8 year veteran of the Kentucky State Police and resides in Washington County.

***Due to the nature of the incident, no personal information about the victim will be released. Others assisting Tpr. Cornett have asked to remain anonymous.

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