Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 7, 2013

Kemp Police Chief rescued from well

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — KEMP, Texas  — Police Chief Jimmy Council  was rescued after falling into an abandoned water well while trying to help round up some loose cattle.

Kaufman Council Sheriff Lt. Justin Lewis said the sheriff's department received a call at 8:56 a.m. on Tuesday about loose livestock on Farm-to-Market Road 2860, halfway between U.S. Highway 175 and FM 1985. A deputy and Council responded to assist in putting up the loose cattle.

Lewis says Council fell about 15 to 20 feet into the abandoned water well. The chief managed  to brace himself in the well. He used his cell phone to text Kemp City Hall  for help.

Deputies located the rural site and used a long dog leash to reach Council. Kemp Volunteer Fire Department and Kaufman Fire Department personnel  pulled Council from the well. 

Fire-rescue personnel freed Council less than an hour after he fell into the well. Council was transported by EMS to a local hospital.

Officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Kaufman County Fire Marshal's Office, the Kaufman County Constables Offices in Precinct 4 and Precinct 1, Mabank Police Department and Mabank Fire Department also responded to the scene and assisted in various aspects of the rescue.