DeSoto Fire Rescue was able to perform a rare Swift Water Response Wednesday afternoon, May 22, 2019, to rescue a teenager who was injured in a swimming accident in Ten Mile Creek in Duncanville’s Harrington Park. The teen was injured after he and his friends jumped into the creek and he failed to see a ledge that was a few feet beneath him. He hit that ledge hard during his jump and injured his back and legs. The injured teen was unable to exit the creek and his friends were able to pull him onto the ledge until help arrived.
DeSoto Fire Rescue responded to the Duncanville incident because both fire departments share an Automatic Aid Agreement and the DeSoto crew was closest to the scene. Once they got there, first responders realized that it would be necessary for one of their crew to swim across the creek to perform the rescue. But that wasn’t a problem since one of the responders was Captain Craig Kirk who is a trained Swift Water Technician. So it can honestly be said that on Wednesday in Duncanville, Captain Kirk saved the day.
“DeSoto is big on training and preparedness, and we always have a trained Swift Water Technician assigned to every shift,” noted DeSoto Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Southard. “It was fortunate that Captain Kirk was the Swift Water Technician assigned to this shift because he also performed our last water rescue about a year ago. But that was for a dog that got stuck in a fountain in a pond!”
As our photo shows, the injured teen was safely guided across the creek and transported by the DeSoto Fire Rescue Crew to the nearest trauma center, Methodist Dallas Medical Center.