Two Lockport, New York Police Officers are being honored as Heroes after saving a man from the dangerous Erie Canal waters of N.Y.S. last September by “The 100 Club of Buffalo”. Officer Michael Stover, 49, and Lt. Toby Trowbridge, 39 Of the Lockport, N.Y. Police Department both have been named as recipients of the award for saving a man who jumped in the Erie Canal after he had a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.
Both Officers were able to locate the man who did not know how to swim near an area where there were very strong currents and there was little in the way of anything to grab onto or footage. The waters being up to 40 feet deep.
Officers seeing the man struggling, entered the water and told him not to grab onto them but rather they grabbed him. After finding small purchases themselves they held onto him for 34- 40 minutes keeping him calm and afloat as other rescuers came with a small water craft to remove the three men from the canal.
The two Officers suffered from a number cuts and bruises. The man was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo by Twin City Ambulance to be evaluated for signs of hypothermia.
Police Chief Mike Niethe said of the area that the three were in that it was “one of the most dangerous spots in the canal and has claimed a number of drowning victims over the years” and that “There is no easy spot to climb out,”
Officer Stover said “It was a total team effort, we just happened to be one piece of the pie, It was nothing nobody else wouldn’t have done at this department.”
Source: Lockport Union-Sun & Journal