ARLINGTON – Seven first responders were plunged into icy floodwaters last night after their rescue boats capsized during an emergency rescue operation.
Five firefighters and two boat drivers were trying to perform a rescue operation in rural Dodge county near the Elkhorn River, east of Fremont and southwest of Arlington. Multiple helicopters could be heard throughout the city around 9PM as they responded to requests for aid to pull the first responders out of the frigid water.
When a family called 911 on Thursday night just after 7PM, rescue crews were notified that the family was stranded in their home. “Our basement walls are starting to go,” said one of the residents to a 911 operator. Fremont Fire Department and Cedar Bluffs Fire responded to the area and began the search for the home and individuals. At 9PM, their airboats capsized. The National Guard sent out helicopters to rescue the rescuers, and the crew was pulled out of the water and taken to receive medical attention around 10PM.