Plattsburgh University Police rescue man from river

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) Plattsburgh University Police are calling one of their officers a hero for saving someone's life-- and there are a couple of other people to thank.

Tuesday morning, a student at the college noticed a man clinging to a branch in the Saranac River. The student called University Police.

Ofc. Josh Coons rushed to the river and saw the man submerged, so he jumped in to save him. The temperature had dropped to 35 degrees. Chief Patrick Rascoe and a grounds worker at the college also jumped in, forming a human chain to get Coons and the man to shore.

"You know, it's a judgment call. It's not a good idea to jump into the river ever, but that's part of what we do. It's our job to put our lives on the line sometimes and it was a judgment call and based upon the resources that we had available to him at the time with other people to help hold on to him, there was a judgment call made to go into the water and help the individual," Chief Rascoe said.

Ofc. Coons was treated for possible hypothermia.

Police have not released the name of the 26-year-old man who was rescued but they said he is not a college student. He was taken to the hospital. Police did not release information his condition or why he was in the river.