Local

September 14, 2012

452 AMXS maintainers save woman and infant from flood

Tags:
by Capt. Jackie Cordero
452 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Rescue1
Pictured from left to right, 452d maintainers Staff Sgt. Timothy Denman, Master Sgt. Anthony Flores and Senior Airman Tatu Smith assist with the daring rescue of a woman and infant child during the Southwest Monsoon that engulfed March Field, Aug. 30. A woman and infant child became stranded when her car stalled while trying to cross a flooded road. Team March members sprang into action by towing the car out of harm’s way and averted a potential catastrophe. (U.S. Air Force photo / Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Medlin)

It started out as a typical August afternoon in Southern California at March Air Reserve Base — hot and sunny. Around the base, it was business as usual, without a hint of ‘outside’ intervention. When, out of nowhere, torrential rains, high winds and chunks of hail pummeled the Inland Empire, leaving the streets flooded and dangerous to use, especially for a mother and her infant child.

“In the month of August, it is safe to assume you will experience very hot, dry days in the Moreno Valley area,” said Mark Ditter, March ARB weather forecaster. “What happened on August 30th was not the norm. To get an idea of how much rain emptied onto the base, on average, we receive one-tenth of an inch of rain during this month. On that one day, we were hit with a whopping 2.27 inches of rain in just a couple of hours. We experienced what is commonly referred to as a Southwest Monsoon.”

The swing-shifters were preparing to conduct a foreign object damage walk on the flightline, when the weather took a turn for the worse.

As they were gearing up for the FOD walk, out of nowhere, dark clouds rolled in, quickly followed by thunder and lightning. It felt as though the winds were moving at 50 miles per hour or more. Soon after came a torrential downpour of rain accompanied by penny-sized hail.

As maintainers made their way back to the squadron from the flightline, Graeber Street, just outside the C-17 maintenance facility, began to flood at a high rate of speed.

As water levels rose, a car driven by Laura McGahey was spotted approaching the flooded roadway. Before she could be warned of the impending danger, she entered the flooded road and her car was immediately engulfed by the raging waters. Her car, which began taking on water, proceeded to stall, stranding her and her one-month-old infant son, Sam.

Without hesitation, 452d AMXS members took command of the worsening situation. Staff Sgt. James Elson drove his personal high-clearance pick-up truck into the floodwaters and, with the assistance of Staff Sgt. Brian Segrist and Senior Airman Gabriel Grohowsky, was able to hook-up the stalled vehicle with cargo straps and tow it out of danger. This was not an easy task because the two Airmen had to wade through approximately two feet of muddy water to reach the disabled vehicle.

After securing the vehicle in a safe location just outside the reach of floodwaters, the Airmen learned that Mrs. McGahey had a walker boot brace on her left leg due to a recent fracture, inhibiting her ability to walk. Staff Sgts. Brian Hicks and Segrist, carried McGahey to safety while Master Sgt. Anthony Flores retrieved Sam and brought them into the 452d AMXS building.

Master Sgt. Shawn Nguyen, newly minted Doctor of Physical Therapy, performed a quick visual assessment of McGahey and determined that she was merely shaken up by the events, fearing for the safety of her child.

The squadron attended to Mrs. McGahey for approximately 30 minutes until her husband arrived.

 

The actions of the 452d AMXS maintainers was a true testament of Team March members dedication to service!




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Dath

Local organization donates packages to March troops

U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Dath Nora Shaw, project coordinator for Sariaya Association of California, puts the final touches on a care package prior to it being sent to deployed servicemembers from March ARB. Deployed service me...
 
 

‘Tis the season to drink responsibly

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — It’s that time of year when holiday parties and late night celebrations begin to fill our calendars and we look forward to spending time with family and friends to celebrate our own special reasons for the season. Every Christmas Eve, I celebrate my life and I give thanks...
 
 

Good cyber security habits essential during holidays

With so many new methods for cyber theft, it’s important to remember to take extra steps to protect your bank accounts and money this season, as criminals look to take advantage of the increased spending activity. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your identity and your wallet. Here are some tips for...
 

 

Shop and donate wisely this holiday season

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently issued tips on how Californians can protect themselves from identity theft and make the most of their charitable giving throughout this holiday season. Tips for safe shopping: Review your bank and credit card statements frequently for unusual and unfamiliar transactions. In the event of a security breach involving...
 
 
HBI--strength-training-getting-started

Build a better body through strength training

Strength training, also called weight training, boosts your metabolism by adding lean muscle, helping you lose weight and keep it off. It can also prevent diabetes, fight aging, keep your bones strong, protect your memory, lowe...
 
 

Air Force Fitness Management System slated for upgrade

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Active-duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard officers and enlisted members who want to maintain copies of their pre-July 2010 fitness records need to access the Air Force Fitness Management System (AFFMS) and save or print their records by Dec. 30, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Dec....
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin