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Rescue 17 of Hamilton get 2 Valor and Unit Citation
By WILLIAM CLARE
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By WDCphotos/Bill Clare
Chief Rodney Krone Jr of Hamilton Vol. Rescue 17 looks over the Unit Citation that Rescue 17 received
Loudoun County Va. On Friday April 5th at the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards,two members of the Hamilton Vol. Rescue Squad received the Silver Medal of Valor Award and a Unit Citation for Rescue 17.
Station 17 along with other stations in the county were toned out just before midnight to rescue a service tech of NOVEC in his truck, during Hurricane Sandy.The truck was on the Hibbs Bridge over the Beaverdam Creek. The driver of the truck was on the roof of the bucket truck. That was being shoved again the bridge railing.
When fire and rescue personal arrived on location the water was rising at 1 inch every 5 minutes. Rope bags were tossed to the driver, yet because of the high winds they were not reaching there mark. Tower ladder 602 tried to use it's bucket. The water soaked ground was far to unstable to allow the truck to find secure footing.
At this time command placed boat 17 as the RIT boat down stream. Boat 13 tried to reach the truck. Because of the fast raising water 13 could not walk there boat out to the truck. An because of the failed trees and blocked roads could not move to a better location.
Boat 17 was asked to make a front approach to the truck from down stream. As boat 13 became the RIT boat. With debris in the water and current running at 45 degree angle from the truck, this preferred in most water rescues operations, was tried but many times and failed.
With time running out helicopter rescue was also considered. The weather made this imposable. At this point boat 17 tried a side approach to the truck. With Capt. Michael Burrier of Battalion 602 at the helm the boat started for the truck. Moving past signs and other debris in the water. Capt.
was able to get close to the truck. Capt. Jody Marker,and Lt Chris Thomas of Rescue 17 Special Ops. were able to put a Personal Flotation Device on the driver.
A after being rescued the driver was tuned over to EMS personal but he refused to be transported. Rescue personal were soaked to the bone,exhausted,cold and showing signs of cool related injuries. Were ordered to seek a warm,dry and safe location inside their rescue vehicles.
Capt. Michael Burrier as well as Capt Marker and Lt Thomas received the Silver Valor award for their actions in the boat that night
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