Humboldt Fire and Rescue, EMS saves drowning man

By: Donovan W. Mann –

Humboldt, IA – Quick and timely response by Humboldt emergency rescue team helps save the life of an Eagle Grove man caught in the Des Moines River.

Humboldt Fire and Rescue alongside Emergency Medical Services respond to a call for a man drowning in the Des Moines River near Gotch Park. They responded quickly to call and managed to retrieve the man from the river. Humboldt Fire and Rescue Chief Jim Gronbach reports the details to KHBT.

He confirms that the call was to Gotch Park for a possible man drowning. He says they took their rescue boats out immediately to look for the man. The chief says that they started looking near the south end of the park where the reports were the man was located. It wasn’t long before they were able to find the group who was with the man and managed to pull him from the river. Fire and rescue loaded Word into the boat to take him to the EMS who was already on scene.

Gronbach say the man was still “some-what” responsive as the ambulance transported the victim to Fort Dodge. The chief says that those involved in the rescue “did really good.” He says he’s proud with the quick and timely response of the rescue crew who was able to get him to a better location to be treated.

The man was identified as Latrell Word, 21, of Eagle Grove. According to reports from the Humboldt Dispatch Center the initial call came at 6:28 pm and the proper personnel were dispatched quickly after.