- By Dan Moris
- 24 May, 2013
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Deputy Jerry Vesperman and Officer Walt Dresen of the Fennimore Police Department have been nominated for the Grant County Sheriff’s Department’s Lifesaving Award after a rescue early Tuesday morning.
Vesperman and Dresen were called to the scene where a car had crashed and was upside-down, almost completely submerged in the Big Green River with the driver trapped inside, near County T in Woodman Township.
Both officers entered the swiftly moving water, wading chest deep. Dresen dove under the water and was able to open the door to the Chevy Cavalier. The driver, Olver Salinas Martinez (age 25 of Boscobel), was still alive and breathing thanks to a small air pocket in the car. They were able to free him and get him to shore where he was treated by Boscobel EMS then transported to the hospital.
Vesperman and Dresen were nominated for the Lifesaving Award by several of their peers for going above and beyond, and saving a life.
While Martinez is fortunate to still be alive, he does face charges of Operating without a license and Operating while intoxicated.