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Wet Feet, Warm Hearts: Rescuers Save Healthcare Worker From Rising Flood

Y’all, we know. We know how miserable all this rain is. We know you’re tired of it. We are too.

And then, if the rain isn’t bad enough, Dan Shaffer at WAAY posted a photo of floating ants. Yea, they all get together and float in little rafts of misery. 

However, this is a good-news website, and pontoons of terror are the opposite. So here’s one good thing coming from all this rain. Three Madison County Water Department employees were driving around when they spotted an elderly woman trapped in her car on the then-flooded Billy D. Harbin Road in New Market.

Spencer Heathington, Jamil Wallace and Brandon Walker jumped into action, getting the woman to solid ground so she could escape.

“When we walked up on her, the water was about waist high on her sitting in the car, and it was up to our waists as we walked up to the car. It was very cold, and she had been sitting there for a few minutes,” Jamil told WAFF.

While you should never cross a flooded road, this woman had a really good excuse. She works in healthcare and was traveling to give someone their medicine.

According to the National Weather Service, it only takes six inches of water to knock you down and two feet of water to sweep your vehicle off the road.

Lt. Donny Shaw with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office even tweeted his support: ” I appreciate you all! Thanks for your selfless service!”

Facebook commenters were quick to thank them as well.

“We are always grateful to our county employees. Life saving is just one of many skills these people have and share with everyone. Thank you for using your skills and your compassion. This lady has these professionals to thank for their lives,” wrote BJ Parton. 

Cindy Lee wrote, “These are the type of men our youth should be emulating.”

Everyone stay safe, stay dry and thank a service worker today.


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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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