UPDATE: Heroes behind river rescue honored by Illinois Senator

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UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- It's an unforgettable story of a lunch break rescue mission. Now, almost one month later, the two men behind it are still being honored, and they say, they're having a hard time adjusting to the attention.

"It was a regular day at lunch, regular lunch break and it turned into all this," says Logan Bohnenkamp.

Jake Kaltved and Bohnenkamp are still getting used to being called heroes.

"We're just ordinary guys that were put in an extraordinary situation and without much thought, we just did what we had to do," says Kaltved.

It's been quite a month for the two who saved a man who had flipped out of his kayak on the Rock River and was trapped in the current of the Fordham Dam.

"Co-workers still talk about it, friends. I keep getting messages saying, 'Did that really happen?'"

They've also received kayaks from Rocktown Adventures and now, are being recognized by Senator Steve Stadelman for their heroic efforts.

"It's been eye-opening to a lot of people that two regular guys can put their life on pause to help someone else," says Bohnenkamp.

"Listening to them and seeing what they went through and how they reacted so quickly...knowing what to do to help this guy that was in trouble was amazing," says Stadelman. "Because of their actions, they saved a life."

While the pair knows the attention will fade, they say the impact the rescue will have on their lives will remain.


ROCKFORD,Ill. (WIFR) -- Two men are being honored for saving a man's life after their lunch break turned into a rescue mission.

It's a survival story both fathers Jake Kaltved and Logan Bohnenkamp can relate to. The father they rescued told them he kept thinking of his daughter in order to stay strong until help arrived.

The kayaker was on the Rock River when he got too close to a dam and the current swept him under.

The two men who were fishing sprung into action to help rescue the kayaker. Now Rocktown Adventures is honoring the local heroes by giving them their own fishing kayaks.

"I wouldn't do anything that I wouldn't expect someone to do for me. That's someone's brother, father grandfather, says Logan Bohnenkamp.

"When this all happened I didn't expect any of this I thought we'd get our names in the paper and that was the end of it and it's just been a whirlwind of praise," says Jake Kaltved.

Along with meeting the victim, the two men say they plan to go fishing with the kayaker in the future. Rocktown Adventures and a few their vendors provided the kayaks for the men retailed at more than $1,500.


ROCKFORD,Ill. (WIFR) -- A lunch break turns into the rescue of a lifetime. A kayaker is alive today thanks the quick thinking actions of two local heroes.

Jake Kaltved knows all too well struggle of losing a loved one. "I had lost my fiance last year and I just couldn't let somebody else die on my watch," says Kaltved.

The person Kaltved is referring to is a complete stranger, a kayaker on the rock river who lost control and was taken over by the dams current.

"The current was so strong even though he had a life jacket it kept pulling him under. He was on his last breath by the time we got to him," says Kaltved.

Rockford Fire says the 46 year-old kayaker was just three feet from the dam. The frigid temperatures and strong current made his chances for survival even more slim.

"if somebody didn't come along he was certainly gonna die," says Kaltved.

Jake Kaltved and two other Megafab workers sprung into action once they knew the mans life was in danger.

"We never saw him popped back up and then all of a sudden we heard "help!"

One of the workers called 911 while Kaltved and Logan Bohnenkamp grabbed a chain from work to give the man to hold onto before scaling over a ten foot barbed wire fence.

"He was just panicking and I'm just grateful he hung on as long as he did." says Bohnenkamp.

Rockford Fire used a ladder and a harness to rescue the victim.

"You would have lost your own life saving his?" "I would have tried, even with two children sometimes you just have to make sacrifices for the greater good.

Bohnenkamp and Kaltved were not able to meet the man whose life they saved.

The victim was treated at the hospital and is expected to survive however both Bohnenkamp and Kaltved say they would love to meet him one day.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) 1 man is rescued from the Rock River near the Fordam Dam.

It happened before noon on Tuesday.

The man has been transported to a hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.