For Roy Combs, and other members of Madison County’s (volunteer) Rescue Service, it’s nothing new to get a 9-1-1 call to assist someone in an unusual situation or circumstance.
And on August 11 such a call came in.
“We got a 9-1-1 call about an elderly female stuck in mud up to her waist near a lake on Minish Road (off Neese-Commerce Road),” said Combs.
He and fellow rescue member Josh Clark arrived to find that the woman had managed to get herself out of the mud, but was lying prone on top of it.
“Every time she moved, she’d sink again,” Combs said. He and Clark, now joined by fellow rescue members Keith Lord and Wesley Chandler, put a ladder down so she could make it out. EMS also arrived to check her out and make sure she was OK. Others from Ila Volunteer Fire Department also arrived to assist.
“Luckily, she had her cell phone with her,” Combs said, noting that it was still a miracle that she got through to 9-1-1 at all because cell phone service was very poor in the area.
“None of us had cell service when we got there,” he said.
Once they made sure the woman was OK, they turned their attention to the reason she became stuck in the mud in the first place – her dog.
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