According to Shaw Police Chief Anthony Gibson, Love, his grandson and a family friend were fishing at a lake outside the city limits of Shaw on Friday around 6 p.m.
Love's grandson slipped in the lake and although Love did not know how to swim, he jumped in after the child.
"The incident happened within a matter of minutes. The family friend, who was also a juvenile, saw what happened and jumped in to save the grandson and Love. He was able to save the child but Love was too heavy for the friend to carry; therefore, Love drowned," said Gibson.
"I was told that Mr. Love yelled for help and someone did come pull him out but by the time the individual pulled Love out of the water it was too late," he added.
Gibson said Bolivar County emergency officials were contacted and arrived on the scene well after 6 p.m.
"I really thought Mr. Love was going to survive because he was revived by an emergency official and had a rapid heartbeat. Soon after he arrived at Bolivar Medical Center, I was notified that Mr. Love had been airlifted to Jackson. Later that evening, he was pronounced dead due to brain swelling," said Gibson.
Gibson said he knew Love very well.
"He was scheduled to come to the next Shaw Board of Alderman meeting because he wanted to volunteer with the police department. He was also going to be a chaplain for the police department. Mr. Love was a good man," said Gibson.