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GUTTENBERG (KWWL) -

Ron Hillers was ice fishing with his daughter and son-in-law in Guttenberg yesterday when he heard a noise.

"About 15 seconds later I heard it again, and I knew for sure that somebody had fallen in," Hillers said. "I knew for sure they did."

Hillers immediately grabbed a 50-foot rope and some spikes from his daughter, and took off running.

"It was quite a long run down there," he said. "I didn't want to get down there and find out I couldn't see nobody."

"I was so thankful that I could see him," Hillers added. "You know, his head was above water and he was hanging on to the ice, so that was good. I knew then that I could get him out."

A number of other fisherman rushed to help Hillers.

Stan Blair, a retired Department of Natural Resources officer, was leading the man to shore when police arrived.

"We got him stripped down, wrapped in a blanket, and put him in the front seat of the squad car with the heat on high," Kari Hoyheim, a Guttenberg police officer, said.

Police were on the scene just two minutes after they received the call.

The man, who didn't want to be identified, was taken to Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. He told police that he was feeling much better today.

For Hillers, this was just an opportunity for him to pay it forward.

"A few years ago, my son fell in, so I was really just repaying a favor," he said. "I was happy to do it."

He maintains it was not a big deal.

"I did nothing no other fisherman would've done in the same case," he said. "You're out there and you help your fellow fisherman. That's what you do. So, no, I don't consider myself a hero."

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