Airmen saving the world

| August 6, 2014

Near Las Vegas, a flash flood trapped an 80-year-old woman in her car and swept her away. Luckily for her, three airmen were nearby to rescue her;

FOX5 Vegas – KVVU

“It started out really slowly and then it was right on top of you.”

The raging river came so fast, the airmen said they didn’t have time to think about the danger.

“As soon as we heard him yelling, the water was on top of us before we knew it.”

As the water rose from ankle to knee-deep, the group of about 10 airmen from Nellis raced to get an elderly couple out of their Prius before it was swept away.

“I had to slam the door and tell the guys on the other side to grab her out of there.”

But things weren’t over yet as the fast-moving water started to sweep one of the airmen away, but luckily Airman Christopher Jones was ready, “I just saw an arm and a head flying down the water and was like, I’m going to pull them out and hope I don’t fall in.”


“I don’t think hero. I feel most people would do the same thing.”

Two other airmen actually helped carry the elderly woman through the waist-deep water.

The 81-year-old woman who was rescued said she and her husband are visiting from Arizona. She said even though all of their luggage was in the Prius that was washed away, she’s just happy she and her husband are okay.

Category: Air Force, Real Soldiers

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  1. Devtun says:

    Leave the Prius, take the blue hairs…

    Brave thing the Airmen did. Reported one of the airman assisting in rescue got swept away, and needed rescue himself.

  2. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Real Men like them discern themselves from the rest of the herd by keeping their heads on while others panic the moment the excreta hits the ventilation device and doing what’s right. KUDOS, AIRMEN, BRAVO ZULU!

  3. Azygos says:

    Article 15’s for all of them in 3… 2… 1… for risking government property without permission.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Good job. Well done, guys.

  5. Seadog says:

    Aim High, Airmen. Your actions exemplify all that the Air Force brings to the table.

    Don’t let the name fool you, I’m USAF all the way…

  6. “They took the blue
    From the skies
    And a pretty girl’s eyes
    And a bit of Ol’ Glory, too,
    And gave it to the men
    Who proudly wear
    The U.S. Air Force blue!
    And, you can wear it, too!
    The U.S. Air Force blue!”

    Song featured in United States Air Force television commercial airing on Armed Forces Network in Germany in 1969, but later pulled for being “politically incorrect”, i.e., offensive to women and Blacks.

    But, I really LIKED that song!