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UPS driver praised for after jumping into river to save man who jumped from Illinois bridge

  • Jeff Hermansen, left, speaks with Lt. Joel Givens after rescuing a man who jumped into the Rock River Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Rockford, Ill. Authorities are praising the heroism of Hermansen, who risked his life to rescue a man who jumped into a river in Illinois on Tuesday. (Sunny Strader/Rockford Register Star via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT

    Jeff Hermansen, left, speaks with Lt. Joel Givens after rescuing a man who jumped into the Rock River Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Rockford, Ill. Authorities are praising the heroism of Hermansen, who risked his life to rescue a man who jumped into a river in Illinois on Tuesday. (Sunny Strader/Rockford Register Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • The Rockford Police Department helps a man to safety after he jumped into the Rock River, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Rockford, Ill. Authorities are praising the heroism of Jeff Hermansen, who risked his life to rescue a man who jumped into a river in Illinois on Tuesday. (Sunny Strader/Rockford Register Star via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT

    The Rockford Police Department helps a man to safety after he jumped into the Rock River, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Rockford, Ill. Authorities are praising the heroism of Jeff Hermansen, who risked his life to rescue a man who jumped into a river in Illinois on Tuesday. (Sunny Strader/Rockford Register Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Jeff Hermansen speaks with an officer of the Rockford Police Department after rescuing a man who jumped into the Rock River, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Rockford, Ill. Authorities are praising the heroism of Hermansen, who risked his life to rescue a man who jumped into a river in Illinois on Tuesday. (Sunny Strader/Rockford Register Star via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT

    Jeff Hermansen speaks with an officer of the Rockford Police Department after rescuing a man who jumped into the Rock River, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Rockford, Ill. Authorities are praising the heroism of Hermansen, who risked his life to rescue a man who jumped into a river in Illinois on Tuesday. (Sunny Strader/Rockford Register Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Authorities are praising the heroism of a UPS driver who risked his life to rescue a man who jumped into a river in Illinois.

When 40-year-old Jeff Hermanson of Rockford saw the man in the Rock River Tuesday, he parked his truck along a riverbank and jumped in. He swam about 15 yards to the man and then pulling him to shore.

The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/1FNHe5d ) the man who jumped was taken to a hospital for a physical and mental evaluation.

Police and firefighters at the scene said the Rock River can be treacherous because of the fast current and cold water at this time of year.

Hermansen declined medical treatment and returned to work. He had dry clothes brought to him on his route.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com