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Tipton County deputy called hero after rescuing woman from car

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COVINGTON, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A Tipton County sheriff's deputy is being called a lifesaver, and there's dash cam video highlighting his heroism.

Sheriff's Deputy John Lemley was honored in Nashville this past Friday for his heroic efforts. Tuesday, he met the woman he saved for the very first time. 

"When you go out on a call, you never know what to expect," Lemley said

It was a meeting four months in the making, as Lemley saw Jackeline Frasure for the very first time since saving her life.

"We have six kids, and they're away from home, but if it weren't for him, I wouldn't be here today," Frasure said

Police dash cam video from May shows Deputy Lemley wading in chest deep water to rescue Frasure.

She was driving home from work during the May floods and got caught by the high water.

"When you say you talk to the Lord, let me tell you, you scream at him, you make deals with him," Frasure said

A few minutes later, dash cam video shows deputy Lemley leading Frasure back to dry land.

"Just so happened that day, during role call, the supervisor had given us a life jacket because of the flooding going on," Lemley said.

Frasure said she couldn't swim, and her husband wasn't able to help her out of the water.

"I think I panicked," she said. "I remember getting on top of the truck and getting up there and that's about it."

Friday, Lemley was honored by State Commissioner of Safety Bill Gibbons and Deputy Commissioner Larry Godwin.

But Lemley has tried to be modest about the whole ordeal. 

"Any deputy here - any deputy on the Tipton County Sheriff's Department who'd made the scene - would've done the same thing," he said.

Lemley was one of 25 other first responders honored in Nashville for their life-saving efforts.

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