Lakeland, Florida, police rescued a family from Hurricane Irma flood waters early Monday after their car became submerged.
Police said via Facebook they assisted a family of four with small children – a 6-month-old and a 10-month-old. The car was stuck in a ditch in about four feet of water. Water reached the children’s car seats by the time rescuers were able to get to them. Fortunately, no one was injured and the family safely returned home.
The Facebook post said this was why their officers joined the force.
“When you become a police officer you hope to make a difference in the lives of others. Tonight, there is no doubt these officers made a difference!”
More and more stories of rescue efforts during Hurricane Irma have begun to surface. In Lakeland, a sheriff’s sergeant and a paramedic were trapped in a police cruiser for hours, according to the Miami Herald.
Sgt. Chris Lynn and Polk County Fire Rescue paramedic James Tanner Schaill were returning from dropping off an elderly patient late Sunday when a live power pole fell directly on the vehicle they were in. They were trapped inside for about two hours before Lakeland Electric disconnected the power lines at around 1:15 a.m. Monday morning so they could free themselves.
Both men are back at work, aiding with rescue efforts.
Florida Governor Rick Scott warned citizens that it is still too dangerous to be out on the roads, and sheriff’s officials in Jacksonville told residents not to drive through standing water. The danger comes not only from the flooding, but from downed trees and power lines in the water.
Jacksonville is currently experiencing record-setting flooding from Irma’s storm surge.
Hurricane Irma hit the Florida coast Sunday as a Category 4 storm. It continues to weaken as it crosses the state.
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