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Firefighter speaks on water rescue; woman thanks rescuers

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PRINCETON (WVVA) - The firefighter who rescued a woman after her vehicle ended up in flooded creek has spoken about the incident.

Lt. Keith Gunnoe was the one who climbed inside the vehicle -- as it was surrounded by water -- to pull the woman out.

The woman's vehicle crashed into the stream and was carried several yards by the current before hitting a culvert.

View WVVA.com's previous report

A bystander rescued the woman's 4-year-old child, but she remained inside until Gunnoe was able to reach her.

Gunnoe says water rescues are not something he's used to dealing with and in this situation he had to use his best judgement.

Once inside the vehicle, Gunnoe says he talked with the woman to calm her down and get her out.

"That's just one of those situations where we just had to react and the fire department, all the guys chipped in," Gunnoe said.

After seeing WVVA's report, the woman who was rescued contacted WVVA to express her thanks to everyone who helped save her and her son.

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