After hearing call for help, firefighters save boy clinging to
tree
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TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) - Afer a firefighter heard a boy calling
for help, he was rescued from the rain-swollen waters of a creek
where he had grabbed a tree branch as he was being swept away.
It happened Wednesday afternoon in Tonganoxie Creek, which runs
behind the local fire station.
"One of our firefighters happened to step outside and heard him
calling for help," said Capt. John Callahan of the Tonganoxie Fire
Department. "I guess if something like this is going to happen,
that's the best place for it to be."
He said several firefighters went to the boy's aid, pulled him
to safety and took him to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was
treated and released.
"He was a little scuffed up," Callahan said.
"I was very scared," Brian Eveland said in an interview with
Kansas City's KCTV. "They saved my life."
Brian said he was at the hospital about four hours, and after
his release he went to the fire station to thank his rescuers.
Callahan said the boy had been walking or riding a bike across a
low water bridge when he was apparently swept away by the rushing
water. He was swept along about 15 feet before grabbing the branch

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