GLOCESTER, R.I. (WPRI) — The man was seconds from sinking to his death.
A 2010 Ford F-150 sat in the water of Spring Grove Pond Monday night, only the rear window and bed of the truck showing. The driver, later identified as Kevin Lyons, 55, of Providence, had called 911 about 8:00 p.m., saying he’d gone off the road and was trapped inside the truck cab. The truck was sinking, and the cab was filling up with water.
The first man on the scene was Glocester Police Patrolman Jeffrey Jenison, a 12-year veteran of the department, and he’s being hailed for what he did next to save Lyons.
Ptlm. Jenison, according to the department’s Capt. Joseph Mattera, jumped into the water. The vehicle was at least ten feet from land, and in water twelve feet deep. Jenison was able to get onto the back of the truck and took out his expandable baton.
Jenison was able to strike the rear windshield enough to break the window open and get Lyons out, hauling him to shore. Then, the truck completely submerged.
Other first responders followed seconds later. Crewmembers from the Chepachet Fire Department treated Lyons on the scene; he refused medical treatment and was released.
Lyons told police he’d been driving southbound on the nearby Spring Grove Road when he simply lost control of his vehicle after rounding a curve in the roadway. The truck continued down an embankment and into the pond.
A local towing company removed the submerged truck, Capt. Mattera said.