Chief Deputy Jumps in Cold Water to Help Driver Stuck in Lacey’s Spring

Posted on: 12:41 pm, December 10, 2013, by and , updated on: 07:55pm, December 10, 2013

LACEY’S SPRING, Ala. (WHNT) – A woman was trapped in her vehicle for about 30 to 40 minutes after she landed in cold water Tuesday in Lacey’s Spring.

Fortunately, she’s going to be okay.  Morgan County Chief Deputy Mike Corley spotted her while he was driving in the area, looking for a missing man.

The woman’s SUV veered off Morris Road into some water that had collected from all the recent rain.  It happened after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Chief Deputy Corley saw her vehicle and waded in to help her. The woman was cold, and was at risk of hypothermia, because the water was so cold. Paramedics came and took her to a nearby hospital, and turned the heat on ‘high’ inside the ambulance to warm her up.

No other vehicles were involved.  Responders say the woman may have experienced a medical problem that caused her to run into the water.


  • jamison-jones says:

    well, whats the award for this/???

  • Tara Parker says:

    So glad there are people out there who go the extra mile for others. They are not appreciated as much as they should be. Never question what the award will be for their bravery. That’s not in their minds when they take the measures to save someone. They only see a person in need.

    • Madison City Girl says:

      Well said Tara!! Maybe Jamison-Jones needs to catch the Phillip 66 convenience store robber and get that 1000.00 reward!! Some people are just idiots!!!

  • Sue says:

    Great job Chief Deputy Corley!! You probably saved this woman’s life.

  • jamison-jones says:

    he probably won’t ‘sheriff-of-the-year’…i’m surprised they didn’t call a press conference!!….point is, we do this everyday!! we don’t have to be acknowledged by whnt!!

    • Gean says:

      Did I see James Smithson on there…the guy that has 9 felonies that the sheriff is trying to get pardoned????????? Sure looks like him.

  • jls says:

    Who is gean any way some people do turn their lives around

  • jim says:

    good job chief,

  • acs says:

    Hey Gean, what exactly does James Smithson have to do with this video? This video is about someone doing a good deed to help another. Your comment seems to stick out like a sore thumb on here, Im pretty sure that information has no relevance on this page.

    • Gean says:

      acs/jls. My comments has nothing to do with the great work Chief Corley did in helping save the lady’s life. I am glad that Chief Corley received the credit.

      It makes me sick that every time Sheriff Franklin thinks she can get on the news she calls all of the news channels to make sure she is seen. It also makes me sick to see James working along with the good deputies of Morgan County.

      If the rumor around town is correct and Sheriff Franklin is trying to gain a state pardon for James it sickens me. What really bothers me is that the Sheriff had a severely mentally disabled lady in jail for months on an alleged spice charge with no bond and no mental health treatment while James is allowed to work at the maintenance shop and perform other duties with deputies? So people with mental illness are treated differently. I bet all of the inmates awaiting trial which they had the sweet deal that James had.

      FYI. I stand corrected James was only convicted on 11 felonies and multiple misdemeanors.

      I do believe that people can change and James did have a hiatus from crime from 1994 until 2010. Maybe something happened that caused him to revert back to that life.

      He has 11 felony convictions which is public record. He also has multiple misdemeanors as follows:

      1. Manufacturing Meth, Morgan County sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, ,burglary 3rd degree, Morgan County, sentenced to 18 years imposed confinement with 2 years imposed confinement with 2 years and 333 day jail credit, with a fine of $392.00.

      2. On 12/26/1994 James was arrested in Lawrence County and charged with Burglary 3rd degree. The date of offense was 12/26/1994. The disposition was Guilty, sentenced to 18 years imposed confinement.

      Note: On 9/15/95 James had a probation hearing, he had spent 2 years confinement with 15 months suspended. He was then paroled with 2 years probation, and $1,881 in fines.

      On 10/31/1994 James was arrested for 1 count receiving stolen property 1st degree felony, Count 2 was for breaking and entering a vehicle – felony, 3 through 7 burglary 3rd degree felony, and Count 8 is for possession of a forged instrument 2nd degree felony. The disposition was guilty, sentenced to 6 years total confinement with 18 months suspended confinement and 1 month and 28 days jail credit with five years probation, and fines of $4,657.

      On 10/3/1994 James was arrested for Burglary 3rd degree a felony. James was found guilty sentenced to 6 years total confinement with four years and six months suspended confinement and 1 month and 18 days jail credit, 5 years and fined $972.00.

  • mandy says:

    Gene I dont know who the hell u are but James has absolutely nothing to do with this story and for u to blast him here is absolutely irrelevant and unnecessary and for real it shows how ignorant you are. You must be someone with a personal vendetta against him which says a lot about you and who you are. People change but your ignorance never will. If you have something against him tell him he is obviously not hiding from you cause you know to much about his life

  • karen says:

    Gene, what sickens me is seeing some one like you able to make crap outa something good.. you should not be allowed near a computer..or ppl.

  • dot says:

    Did you bother to inquire whether the person in the wreck was ok or were you to busy trying to screw up someone else’s life by bringing up past mistakes of someone you obviously know nothing about. if you have a problem with the sheriff take it up with her and leave everyone else alone. I’m sure you don’t live in a glass house either.

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