by A.C. Hall
It’s been a year of record setting rainfall in Texas, and much of that rain came in late November as persistent rain fell in North Texas. On Nov. 27, those heavy rains led to a dangerous situation in White Settlement as a motorist got stranded in the creek due to high waters. Driving in an SUV, the driver tried to cross the creek at Redford Street and the force of the waters swept the motorist all the way down to the Judd Street bridge.
White Settlement Fire fighters and police responded to the scene. The WS Fire Department also put out a call for mutual aid to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and River Oaks Fire Departments. Both departments responded and members from these departments set up at the Las Vegas Trail bridge in case rescue attempts at Judd Street failed and the motorist was swept further down the creek.
The first rescue attempt was made by the White Settlement fire department’s ladder truck. They extended the ladder out towards the motorist but were not able to successfully rescue the motorist. The lack of a safe area to place the ladder truck and the lack of enough reach with the ladder forced them to call off this plan.
With swift water technician Dusty Schauer already on the scene and the eventual arrival of swift water technician Captain Brandon Logan, who responded to the call from his home in Reno, TX, Fire Chief Brian Thompson made the decision to enact a swift water rescue. Schauer and Logan performed a swift water rescue from the south side of the Judd Street bridge and were able to rescue the stranded motorist. The motorist reported no injuries.
All those who were involved in this heroic rescue were honored by the City Council last week. Firefighter Dusty Schauer and Captain Brandon Logan received the life saving award for executing the swift water rescue. Fire Chief Brian Thompson, Captain Kevin Gage, Lieutenant Chris Harrell, Lieutenant Trevor Gage, Lieutenant Brandon Giles, Firefighter Abram Pena, and Firefighter Nathan Reavis all received commendations.
From the White Settlement Police Department, Captain Michael Odle, Corporal Jason Carter, Officer Lana Cook, Officer Danny Castro, and Officer Albert Gomez received commendations.