WV Army National Guard Aerial Rescue Saves Man’s Life
Local responders could not reach a trapped driver in West Virginia, but a WV Army National Guard aerial rescue proved successful on Wednesday afternoon.
Mud and flood waters left a man stranded in his vehicle along Bonds Creek until aircrew members of the state’s Army National Guard’s Company C, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion lead the man to safety from the air.
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With water expected to not withdraw until after the next 24 to 48 hours, Ritchie County called on the WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Watch Center to help around 2:00 p.m.
After completing the rescue mission at 3:30 p.m., the battalion, which resides in Williamstown, flew him to Ritchie County High School, where emergency medical personnel assessed his condition.
This rescue was part of a busy day for Ritchie County First Responders. Ritchie County Office of Emergency Management took to Facebook to describe the active day.
The early part of Wednesday involved a three-car accident on Route 74 North. Following this episode was the flooding in Cairo, water rescue on Dogwood Lane, and a building fire in Pennsboro.
The county office expressed thanks to several parties involved, including Central Communications, WV Department of Homeland Security, Pennsboro, Ellenboro, Harrisville, Cairo and Greenwood Volunteer Fire Departments, Cantwell Wrecker Service, Consumer’s Gas, MonPower, Ritchie County Ambulance Authority, Pennsboro PD, Ritchie County Sheriff’s Department, and — of course — the WV Air National Guard.
Moral of the story: Working together saves lives. It’s plain and simple.