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Three local men honored by the Williamson County Sheriff's Department

Left to right: Nicholas Grimm, Sheriff Diedrich, Reese Belcher, Parker Branscum and Deputy Adler
Williamson County Sheriff's Dept.
Left to right: Nicholas Grimm, Sheriff Diedrich, Reese Belcher, Parker Branscum and Deputy Adler

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office recognized three men for doing a good deed in an incident last week when deputies responded to the report of a capsized boat on Little Grassy Lake.

The deputies discovered two fishermen, after locating a kayak/canoe floating upside down in the middle of the lake, found a cell phone in the boat and used it to contact a parent of the cell phone owner who was able to confirm his identity and that their son was on the lake but missing.

The fishermen contacted law enforcement and began searching the water for anyone in distress.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office was able to determine the individual was in the boat when it capsized and the cell phone belonged to a third year SIU student.

They later learned the student swam to shore. Believing his belongings were lost and making it to shore uninjured, he returned to his residence in Carbondale.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office recognized the efforts of Parker Branscum of Dongola, Reese Belcher of Anna, and Nicholas Grimm of Carbondale for their efforts.

Authorities were able to return the student’s belongings to him.

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