KSP trooper saves local man's life

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By Geoff Hamill

A Kentucky State Police trooper responding to a call is being credited with saving a life in Washington County.

Senior Trooper Fred Cornett, who lives in Washington County, was on duty and answered a complaint around 4 p.m. Wednesday about littering from a resident on Chaplin Road, according to a report from KSP Post 15 in Columbia. Trooper Cornett arrived at the home of the person who made the complaint and learned that the littering was actually taking place on the caller’s property on Tatum Springs Road.

As Trooper Cornett was following the property owner to the Tatum Springs Road property, Trooper Cornett noticed a person hanging from a tree. He immediately stopped, got out of his car and ran to the person, grabbing him by the waist and lifting him to relieve pressure from a chain around his neck. The property owner who had made the littering complaint also stopped at the scene and assisted Trooper Cornett by removing the chain from the person’s neck.

After the person had been freed from the noose, Trooper Cornett lowered him to the ground and discovered that he was still alive as he began to breathe again, according to the report. Trooper Cornett contacted a KSP Post 15 dispatcher and requested medical assistance. The victim was transported to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon, where he was treated and later released.

Trooper Cornett, an 8-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, declined to be interviewed about the incident.

Due to the nature of the incident, the victim’s name is not being released, and upon their request, others assisting Trooper Cornett were not named in the report.