Crews Rescue Homeless Women from Buffalo Creek

Passerby noticed the two women and called 911.

 

 
 
 

ANTHONY CONGI and ZACHARY KINEKE, WIVB | | Tuesday, November 15, 2011


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - First responders staged a daring late-night rescue, plucking two women and their pets from the rain-swollen Cazenovia Creek.

It was a scary scene, under a bridge in Cazenovia Creek, when the rushing current and rising waters caught two homeless women by surprise.  A passerby noticed the two women and called 911.

Buffalo Fire Department Division Chief John Mogavero described the rescue, “We did have the water rising, it was raining pretty heavily as everyone knows, we had all those storms rolling in. So, water levels started to rise, they started to be in extreme danger.”

When rescuers reached the women, and lowered a ladder down, they found that the women also had pets with them.

“In addition to the two of them, they had a couple of cats with them for some strange reason, so we had to get the cats up. so we put the cat in the bag so to speak, and we lifted them up separately,” Mogavero said.

The rescue was extremely dangerous, with limited space to work with, and tricky conditions, but crews were able to pull the women up and make sure they were OK.

“When you see a couple of young adults down there like that, trying to just get out of the weather, it's sad, but that was the situation we were presented with,” said Mogavero.

Copyright WIVB




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, water rescue

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Simulation-Based Assessment Facilitates Learning & Enhances Clinical Judgment

Simulation is an educational tool that can be used to develop and refine clinical skills of the student in a controlled environment before they progress to becoming practicing clinicians.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Buffalo Medics, Firefighter Keep Working in Crash

Rural Metro medics describe crash that overturned their ambulance.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Drone Delays Landing of Ohio Medical Helicopter

Miami Valley Hospital incident raises questions over legalities of drones.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Four Killed in New Mexico Medical Plane Crash

Crash near fairgrounds claims patient and crew of three.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Texas Ambulance Involved in Crash

Odessa ambulance and car collide during response.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Building Explosion, Collapse in Paris Suburb

Death toll rises to eight after blast in Rosny-sous-Bois.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

New Mexico Air Ambulance Crash

NTSB investigates crash that killed four.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Where in the World of EMS is A.J.? Scranton

JEMS Editor-in-Chief visits his hometown of Scranton, Pa.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >