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Training Turns Into Real Life Rescue for Veteran FF

Training Turns Into Real Life Rescue for Veteran FF

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Kansas City Star via YellowBrix

May 03, 2010

LOUISA, KY – A Kentucky firefighter is recovering in the hospital after he was swept under water during a fire school training Sunday afternoon.

Mark Hammond, Regional Training Coordinator for Kentucky Fire Commission, said it happened at about 1:30 p.m.

Hammond said the Northeast Kentucky Fire School was conducting a swift water rescue training at Yatesville Lake in Louisa. The firefighter was in the lake when conditions suddenly changed and he was swept under water.

When the firefighter was pulled out of the water, he was in cardiac arrest but was resuscitate soon after he was rescued from the lake.

The victim did have a pulse before an ambulance arrived and was taken to an area hospital.

Hammond said once the firefighter got to the hospital he was conscious.

As of 11:30 p.m. Sunday, he was in the intensive care unit.

Hammond said the name of the veteran firefighter is not being released and the investigation continues.