FIREFIGHTER JUMPS INTO ACTION IN BATON ROUGE TODAY!

DRAMATIC RESCUE ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER!


A Baton Rouge firefighter rescued a man whose car went airborne and landed in water after the car hit the Mississippi River levee Monday afternoon. A witness says the man driving the car was traveling at a very high rate of speed along Brightside Drive when he ran a stop sign, went across River Road, hit the levee, and went airborne.
The driver, believed to be in his 20’s, was transported to a hospital in critical condition. The driver’s car was airborne for more than 200 feet from the top of the levee to where the car landed in a pond that is connected to the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge police said. The driver’s name was not immediately released.
Firefighter Reginald Williams swam to the car, rescued the driver, and swam back to the levee bank with the victim. Williams, a 12-year veteran of the department, said he had only one thought as he arrived at the scene. “Rescue this person, no matter what,” Williams said. The water was estimated to be close to 40 degrees. “I was in the water and I wanted to retrieve the guy and I didn’t care what I had to do to do it,” Williams said. “The cold water wasn’t going to stop me from getting to him.”