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Port worker rescued from frigid water

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    Wednesday, December 15 2010 6:37 PM EST2010-12-15 23:37:38 GMT
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    By Steve Phillips – bio | email GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport firefighter Tot Burkhalter doesn't consider himself a hero. But others are using the word after Burkhalter jumped into frigid waters at the Port of Gulfport to help rescue a worker who'd fallen off the west pier on Monday. Burkhalter didn't hesitate to jump into the water to help save the man from drowning.  He calls it part of the job. But the veteran fireman also knows what it's like to be r...More >>
    Gulfport firefighter Tot Burkhalter says he was only doing his job. But others are calling him a hero for his brave actions in helping save a port worker who had fallen off the west pier on Monday. Without hesitation, Burkhalter jumped into the water to help save the man, who was struggling in the frigid waters.More >>
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A maintenance worker at the Port of Gulfport had to be pulled out of freezing water Monday.

The man fell off the south end of the west pier where he was conducting an inspection. The Coast Guard and Port Authority officials rescued the man.

The Port has not released his name. The man was taken to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. Port officials tell WLOX he is in stable condition.

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