By Mike Rush
MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) - Some of us pick up milk or gas up the car on our way home from work, but a Glen Carbon man stopped Thursday to save a life.
Steven Slemer was driving his normal route home from his job as an operator at the Phillips 66 plant in Wood River when he noticed a car had veered off the road and landed upside down in a deep ditch.
Slemer, who's also a Glen Carbon volunteer firefighter, climbed down and held the driver's head out of the water. The man was still strapped in upside down, but he was awake and talking until the water started to rise.
"The water proceeds to cover his mouth and nose and I can hear him sucking in the water and I guess basically drowning and then he kind of thrashed for a little while and then he stopped breathing," said Slemer.
Slemer, and Madison County Sheriff's Deputy Timothy Lawrence who responded to the call, were able to cut the seatbelt off of the driver, who Slemer says just started breathing again on his own. He's hospitalized now in good condition.