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Morris emergency crews perform water rescue

Man reportedly jumped from Route 47 bridge into Illinois River

Morris first responders pulled an unidentified man from the Illinois River Friday after he jumped from the Route 47 bridge.
Morris first responders pulled an unidentified man from the Illinois River Friday after he jumped from the Route 47 bridge.

MORRIS – William G. Stratton State Park was a staging ground for water rescue activities for the second in as many weeks Friday, after a man jumped into the river from the Route 47 bridge.

At about 11:15 a.m., Morris Fire Department crews were called out to a report of a man on the bridge. En route, they received word that the man had jumped into the river.

Morris Fire Chief Tracey Steffes said a crew was at the downtown fire station at the time and was able to respond quickly.

"Assistant Chief (Bob) Wills was on the scene, and we got the boat in the water quick," Steffes said. "They got to him just as he was going under."

On the water, crews threw the man a life preserver, but he could not hold on. Steffes said that Capt. Dave Weichen and firefighter Jaden Hawley pulled the man from the water.

"There's no doubt they saved his life today," he said.

Traffic on Route 47 has been temporarily halted during the incident, but was flowing again by noon.

The man was transported from the scene in an ambulance.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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