PIC OF THE YEAR:
THIS SHOT HAS MY VOTE FOR A PULITZER
There are few things more inherently dangerous, more certain to kill you in this world, than hydraulic dams. As emergency service professionals, we are acutely aware of the dangers involved in these life or death situations. That’s because in the past rescuers have lost their lives in exactly the same situations. LINK
So I tip my hat to Jason Oglesbee for his heroic rescue of a woman trapped by such a dam after her boat went over the falls. To illustrate the point, her companion drowned. It’s one thing to knowingly take risks you are trained for but something altogether different to put your life on the line in a gamble.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts and training we fail to save someone. We take that personally. In this case, initial efforts to get to the woman did fail. It was due to quick thinking construction workers who used a nearby crane that this woman is alive today. It takes a lot of skill to pull that off.
So remember that the next time you pass a construction site. Real heroes come from many different walks of life.