Roy and Lori Jasper said they noticed, on their security cameras before they went to bed, the kitten walking around.
They said they debated what they could do to help it, but as cold as it was - and being 75 years old - they said they did not think they could safely get down the hill to the dock to catch it.
"He had fell in the water and came up on the little piece of rock, just left of the steps and froze right there," said Roy Jasper.
Knowing the situation was now dire, they called the Mercer County Sheriff's Office for help.
They were surprised and grateful when Mercer County Sheriff Ernie Kelty himself responded to the call to save the little kitten.
"I poured the water on his front feet, and in a few seconds, they did come loose," said Mercer County Sheriff Ernie Kelty. The sheriff continued to cut free the kitten's fur that was also frozen.
"I'd say he was down there about 15 minutes breaking it loose," Roy Jasper said, "because its stomach was froze, paws was froze, everything."
"And then he put him under his shirt, and walked up here and gave him to me. Of course, Laurie took him in and wiped him down with towels. He was solid wet," said Roy Jasper.
Sheriff Kelty said that at first, the kitten had a bit of an attitude.
"I think it's just wonderful that [the Sheriff] dropped everything he did, to come down here and get one little old kitten," said Roy Jasper.
"We're naming him after the Sheriff. We're naming him Ernie," said Roy.
(Lex18 - Jan 3, 2018)