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Man who jumped into Red Cedar expected to make full recovery

CEDAR FALLS — A man who jumped into the Red Cedar River near the Cedar Falls boat landing is expected to make a full recovery.

According to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith, the Dunn County E-911 center received a call at around 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, about a man threatening to jump into the Red Cedar River.

Deputies believed the man was near the Cedar Falls Bridge, but when they arrived, no one matching the description could be found.

Dunn County deputies then went to the boat landing to the south, downstream from the dam, where they saw a vehicle.

Deputies began checking the area and soon discovered a man acting in an unusual manner.

The man was carrying a rifle that he pointed at himself.

The deputies tried to talk the man into putting down the rifle. He refused and kept moving toward the river.

When the man reached the river bank, he went into the river, even though the deputies continued to ask for his cooperation.

After the man was most of the way into the river, he dropped the rifle and tried to cross the river. The strong current and cold water temperature apparently convinced him to turn around and come back.

A few feet from shore, the man was unable to continue, and deputies quickly entered the river and pulled him out of the water.

By that time, the Menomonie Fire Department had responded to the scene with an ambulance, and the man was carried to the ambulance where EMTs began to give him treatment.

The man was transported to a hospital in Eau Claire to receive treatment for hypothermia as well as other conditions.

According to the sheriff’s news release, the man is expected to make a full recovery.

In his news release, Sheriff Smith said he wanted to recognize everyone for their fast response and the way they handled the incident, including the deputies, the E-911 center dispatchers, the Menomonie Fire Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Because of their rapid response and coordinated efforts, “they helped insure the safety of those living in the Cedar Falls area,” Sheriff Smith said.