Rescue squad saving lives in Nashville's flooding

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Some members of the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad put their skills into action in Nashville to save 45 lives during severe flooding.

Chris Lougheed's equipment is barely dry. He just got off work as a police officer when the swift water rescue team (Volunteer Rescue Squad members) was called to help Nashville's emergency crews deal with the floods early Sunday morning.

Lougheed says, "It was hardly like anything I had ever seen before. You couldn't even imagine this."
"We responded with the aluminum boat and one small runner boat, some places the water was 4-5-6 feet deep. Other places only a couple of inches deep so it made navigating very tricky. Cars swept away, apartment buildings swept off their foundation. It was a very dangerous and treacherous situation."

And even dangerous at times for rescuers...
Lougheed says, "There's things you don't think about being underwater like fences and fire hydrants that you can't see below the water."

None of the members of the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad was injured, and Chris's group alone saved about 45 lives.

The rescue squad left Knoxville at 5:00 Sunday morning and reached Nashville at 6:30 (central time) and they had a debriefing and immediately went looking for people plucking them out of their cars, out of homes for the next 12 hours or so.

Lougheed says, "They were past the stage of hysteria and most people were cooperative, felt they had a two story and could stick it out and were just happy to see us and just came with us."

It's a mission the squad is prepared for.
But extremely humble when accomplished.

Lougheed says, "This is something we do not for glory, it's something that needs to be done."

The squad is all voluntary, they have full time jobs and do not charge for their services.

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  • by Tom Location: Knoxville on May 3, 2010 at 02:57 PM
    People don't realize how much training goes into stuff likes this. Hours upon hours and none of them get paid for it. Makes you feel proud to be from a place that still has people willing to help. Thanks to the rescue Squad guys for all you do.


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