UPDATE: Knox County sergeant jumps into icy water, saves drowning man

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WARREN, Maine (WABI) - A sergeant with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is being hailed a hero after putting his own life in danger during an ice rescue on Crawford Pond in Warren Saturday night.

Sgt. Arthur Smith and a deputy responded to the area just before 10 p.m. after hearing a report of two males in the water.

Authorities say two men from Warren, 38-year-old Craig Dennison and 28-year-old Donald Holbrook drove their ATV into an area of open water about 100 years from shore.

Residents on the shore heard their cries for help and contacted 911.

Authorities say Dennison was able to get himself out of the water and onto the ice.

When Smith arrived on scene, he grabbed a throw rope and went out on the ice where he could see open water.

Smith used the rope and fastened one end to the shore and the other end to himself, jumped into the water, and held a struggling Holbrook upright in the water so he wouldn’t drown.

"Extremely proud of Sgt. Smith's dedication to serving the people of Knox County and true heroism while putting his own life in danger," said Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll.

Both Dennison and Holbrook were taken to a local hospital to be evaluated. We’re told Holbrook was later taken to a Portland hospital and is listed in serious condition.

We're told Holbrook was later taken to a Portland Hospital and is listed in serious condition.

The Maine Warden service warns folks that ice conditions along the coast are hazardous in some areas.

You're asked to check the thickness of the ice before heading out.

“Ice conditions along the coast are hazardous in some areas. With the warmer weather, some areas that are normally frozen this time of year may not be. Please be sure to check the thickness of the ice before heading out,” said Sergeant Aaron Cross of the Maine Warden Service.

"The other one was more in distress," says Sheriff Sergeant Arthur Smith of Knox County. "I was able to get ahold of him and get him to the edge of the ice took my arms underneath his arms so I'm on his back. and then held onto the ice kept him above the water and myself above the water....so he could breathe and relax."

Both men still being treated in the hospital Sunday night, regarding that sergeant as a hero.


Courtesy: Maine Warden Service