Father of two honored for his role in River Des Peres rescue - KMOV.com

Father of two honored for his role in River Des Peres rescue

The man who dove into the River Des Peres to pull a man from a sinking car is receiving an honor.

Todd Gilliam was with his 3-year-old daughter when he spotted a car - sinking into the River Des Peres last Wednesday. Gilliam called 911, asked an officer to watch his own daughter, then jumped into the river with another officer to assist in rescuing the man inside.

Gilliam helped pull 24-year-old Kevin Payne from the sinking car. Payne was rushed to the hospital, but passed away over the weekend.

Later, the fire department's rescue team would find Payne's 7-month-old son, Trenton, strapped into his car seat in the back.

Tonight, Gilliam accepted recognition from the city council of Overland, Missouri - where he lives. After Mayor Mike Schneider presented Gilliam with a "Home Town Hero" award, Gilliam told the audience that a day won't go by that he doesn't think of Kevin and Trenton Payne.

Gilliam says he visited Payne in the hospital last week and met Payne's family. He says they thanked him for his efforts.

Watch coverage of the rescue here:  www.kmov.com/news/local/Father-in-river-des-peres-crash-dies-94677184.html

Diana Zoga is a general assignment reporter at News4.  Email her at dzoga@kmov.com or follow Diana on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/DIANAZOGA

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