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UPDATE: Name of Fisherman rescued from Cedar River in Cedar Falls

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UPDATE: Cedar Falls Police have released the name of the fisherman who fell into the Cedar River, Thursday.

Anthony Romero, 41, remains in intensive care at Sartori Hospital after slipping and falling into the river just below the dam near the Ice House.

Police say his last known address was in Waterloo.


A Cedar Falls Public Safety Officer is able to pull a drowning man from the Cedar River.

The man was fishing when he fell into the river just below the dam, Thursday afternoon.

People in the area and a responding officer were able to pull the unconscious man out and perform CPR.

The officer, John Zolondek is crossed trained as a police officer and firefighter and as part of that has had river rescue training.

When Zolondek arrived on scene with other Cedar Falls officers the fisherman was caught in the circling current bellow the dam.

 "The victim, we lost sight of him. He went under; he kind of swirled around and then he surfaced kind of further out, right where I was," said Zolondek.

 That is when Zolondek knew he had to go in.

  "I knew I had to get in. There was no real question. I actually couldn't get my stuff [equipment belt] off fast enough. It felt like it was taking forever," said Zolondek.

  Jumping into the cold water, Officer Zolondek was up to his chest fighting to reach the man.

  "When I first grabbed him, his face was in the water, so I grabbed onto him and and flipped him over," said Zolondek.

 Dragging the man to shore, two other fishermen were able to help pull the man up onto the rocky shore.

 "But they were a tremendous help. I was kind of gassed trying to get him up on the rock. Those two came and helped slide him onto the rock," said Zolondek. "Then I just started CPR right away. You could tell he was unconscious. He wasn't breathing."

   The fisherman slipped off the corner of a wet and mossy cement pad just bellow the dam. Officers say anyone enjoying the river needs to watch their steps closely.

  "Be careful of the slimy rocks. I would come down here and fish; I did the same thing. Luckily I didn't fall in. But just be careful where you are stepping. Where you are walking," said Zolondek.

 The fisherman is in his forties and was taken to Sartori Hospital still unconscious.

 His current condition is unknown.

 Public Safety Officer John Zolondek has been with the Cedar Falls Police Department for 10 years.


A man is pulled out of the Cedar River after witnesses say he fell in while fishing.

It happened near the ice house in Cedar Falls. Witnesses say the man was fishing near the dam when he fell in. 

He was pulled from the waters, but was unconscious. His condition is not known at this time. 

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