KETR Local
12:14 pm
Fri February 5, 2010

Greenville employee rescues man from pond


Greenville – A City of Greenville employee is being hailed a hero after rescuing a man whose vehicle went into the pond at Graham Park on Sunday.

Ronnie Johnson, who works in the city's Water Utility Division, was visiting the park that evening when he observed a truck go into the water. A man then excited the vehicle but was unable to get out of the water, leading Johnson to jump into the pond and pull him out. Johnson contacted the man's son who lived nearby and stayed with him until the police and fire departments and an ambulance arrived.

A 15-year employee with the city, Johnson was also instrumental in foiling an attempted burglary at the City's Service Center a few weeks ago. Johnson lives across the street from the facility and noticed someone trying to break in. He called the police department and then waited by the gates until they arrived. Although the suspect got away, nothing was stolen, thanks to Johnson's actions.

Johnson will be recognized for his good deeds by the Greenville City Council at the meeting on February 9.