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Ripley fire chief honored for saving man's life

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The city of Ripley along with leaders from Washington D.C. turned out on Tuesday evening to honor a first responder for saving the life of an elderly man.

It was all planned and set up as a big surprise for Ripley Fire Chief Rick Gobble.

He was the first person on the scene of an accident on December 28, 2012. Roger Clark, 71, hit a patch of ice in his vehicle and veered off the road into a creek.

Chief Gobble jumped into the freezing water to rescue Clark. Ripley's mayor and city council not only honored Gobble on Tuesday evening for his bravery, but they also presented him to the key to the city.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., along with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., were also on hand to give their thanks.

Mr. Clark is currently recovering at Saint Mary's Medical Center in Huntington.