GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A mother, her baby, and young son were rescued Thursday night after her car got stuck in floodwaters.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) said Sgt. Jeff Reed went to Highway 31 in Elkton after reports of the flooding.
When he got there, he saw a car trapped in deep water with a lady inside, waving her hands frantically out the window.
Sgt. Reed waded through the water, which was about four feet deep, to save the woman and her two young children and bring them to safety.
The mother’s uncle, Edward Sisk, told News 2 the trooper had to get his niece and her children out through a window.
“The water was up level with the window. The car is lucky the water didn’t take it over the bank,” he said.
Sisk said the baby was nearly a newborn, only a few months old, and the older child was about 4 or 5.
“She was crying her eyes out, and her mother was, too,” Sisk added, saying her mother called him to try and find her daughter.
According to Sisk, it’s not the first time that area has been flooded. He said the nearby drain isn’t kept clean.
“The next time might not be as lucky,” he said. “There could be more damage done then.”
According to the THP, Sergeant Reed is a very modest person and said, “I was just doing my job and trying to help them.”
Colonel Tracy Trott said, “This was an outstanding job. There is no doubt that Sergeant Reed saved lives last night! I’m very proud of his actions and his reaction to duty before self. He is a tremendous representation of our department and I am very proud to serve with him.”
The flooding happened after severe storms and heavy rain pushed across the state Thursday evening.