Chesapeake, Virginia Firefighter Describes Bridge Rescue

Tech rescue 70 feet above the James River

(Chesapeake Fire Rescue, Twitter)

FirefighterNation Staff

CHESAPEAKE, Virginia — Chesapeake battalion chief Shean Emmons told WTKR it was a low-frequency, high-risk call when he described Monday’s rescue of a truck driver on the I-64 High Rise Bridge.

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Firefighters responded to the bridge at 8:42 a.m. for a jackknifed tractor trailer.

When firefighters arrived, they saw the cab of the truck hanging off the side of the bridge with the driver still inside.

A Regional Technical Response was requested bringing additional special resources from Norfolk Fire-Rescue and Virginia Beach Fire Department.

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In a rope rescue operation, Firefighter Justin Beazley went over the side to rescue driver Wayne Boone inside the cab as rain, wind, and hail pounded them.

With the assistance of heavy equipment from Hudson’s Service Center and Fink’s Wrecker Service, the tractor-trailer was stabilized.

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Firefighter Beazley was lowered approximately 10 feet off the bridge.

“When I got to the driver, he didn’t say much; we exchanged names, I said, ‘You ready to get out of here?’ Then he put the harness on and climbed out.” Beazley told WTKR.

Boone was rescued from the cab, turned over to EMS personnel and transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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