Ask Rolling Meadows firefighter-paramedic John Loesch about his work on a search-and-rescue team in North Carolina last month after Hurricane Florence, and he'll talk a lot about water.
It was everywhere -- and it was relentless. "I could not believe all the flooding and the constant rain," Loesch said. "They had over three feet of rain with water up to the roofs of the houses."
Loesch was one of 15 firefighters with the Wheeling-based Illinois Urban Search and Rescue Team who deployed to North Carolina. They used trucks and boats to find and rescue folks trapped by floodwaters.
Naperville firefighter-paramedic Chuck Gros served as a team leader.
"We worked from sunup to sundown and then some," Gros said. "The men all stepped up and performed at their highest level."