ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — What was supposed to be a routine patrol turned into a moment of heroism for a Minnesota state trooper.

Sgt. Jesse Grabow was on patrol on Interstate 94 near Alexandria Thursday afternoon when the car in front of him left the freeway and plunged into Lake Latoka.

Grabow jumped into the chilly water as the woman’s car began to sink. Another trooper arrived and helped bring the woman to safety.

Grabow tells KFGO-AM two passing drivers held onto a tow strap that was tied to the car as the rescue was under way. He says the car went down quickly after the woman was rescued.

The 27-year-old woman is from out of state. She was taken to a hospital and is expected to be OK.

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Comments (12)
  1. CITBOC says:

    Nice job, trooper Grabow! Thanks to ALL troopers out there, for all they do in their line of work, on a daily basis.

    Praying the woman will be OK.

  2. JackieM says:

    Ditto CITBOC. Great thing he was at the right spot at the right time.

  3. TL the alligator says:

    calling this action “heroic” undermines the true meaning of the word and the truly deserving of that term….the action is commendable but NOT heroic.

    1. AO says:

      Perhaps the woman he saved sees it differently…

    2. @TL says:

      Correct me if ‘m wrong, but who mentioned anything about being ‘heroic’? Am I missing something?

      …and thanks AO I’m sure SHE absolutely sees it differently, at least I would if it was me!

      1. ...but maybe it was 'heroic' to her?? says:

        MY bad…I see it in the article…

  4. mel says:

    That is fantastic. Because the trooper held no regard for his own life, this woman can live another day. And, her family can spend the holidays celebrating instead of grieving. Those who stopped to help the trooper deserve recognition as well. What a great story!

  5. Terri says:

    what a great heart warming story, so glad everyone is o.k.



    1. ryan.w says:

      Grow up, when you sign a job offer to be a Law Enforcement Officer it does not state drowning, or getting shot or stabbed is a requirement anywhere in the contract. The Trooper could have said that he was not properly trained, or he did not have the proper rescue equipment, but no he did what most law enforcement, or anyone with some guts, or altruism would do.

      1. ryan.w says:

        Keep up the good work

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