In the early morning hours of June 2nd, 2019 the Bellevue Fire Department received a call for help on Harlan Lewis and Highway 34 area. Bellevue Engine 1 and Battalion 1 were dispatched to this call. Upon arrival crews found that a motorist had driven their vehicle into the flood waters that covered Highway 34 and was trapped in the car with her pet. The vehicle was approximately 300 yards from dry land. Fire crews, with the assistance of a levee repair person utilized a front end loader to rescue the citizen.
Firefighters Dustin Maw and Mark Armstrong donned their water rescue suits and climbed into the bucket of the front-end loader and tied off for their safety. Through the darkness, the levee repair person drove the front-end loader with Firefighters Maw and Armstrong in the bucket to the stranded citizen. Water had already reached the top of the vehicle windows.
Firefighters Maw and Armstrong made contact with the individual and immediately initiated rescue operations.