"I'd do it again if I had to:" Kenosha County plow driver saves teen from icy water
KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Kenosha County man is alive thanks to the quick thinking and heroics of a plow driver.
He helped out after a teen driver was in an accident on Thursday.
A 19-year-old driver lost control on Highway K in rural Kenosha County and ended up stuck on a patch of ice in a creek, unable to swim and needing someone to save him from the current coming out of the nearby Fox River.
Bill Fink was on his second snow plow run for Kenosha County around 6 a.m. when he noticed a man standing at the side of the road.
"Moving around kind of crazy and what's going on? So as I was approaching, I looked to the right and I seen the car in the ditch," said Bill Fink.
The car was almost fully submerged in the water.
The driver, who told Fink that he couldn't swim, was almost ready to jump in.
"His jacket was frozen. Hypothermia was going to set in very quickly. We didn't have time. That's the bottom line," said Fink.
So Fink, with the help of another good Samaritan, threw the 19-year-old Wheatland man a rope and went into the water to pull him out.
"It was just over my knees, the current. And on the count of three, we pulled him out and the rest is history," Fink said.
The victim then went into shock right before paramedics arrived.
The Kenosha County Sheriff says he is okay but wouldn't be without Fink.
"My lord put me there. He put me there to help out," said Fink. "I'd do it again if I had to.