Clackamas, OR, Firefighters Helped Man out of River

April 18, 2024
A throw bag was tossed to the victim and crew during the April 10 incident..

On April 10, Clackamas firefighters assisted a man after his car went into the Willamette River near Meldrum Bar Park.

The motorist was able to get out on his own before firefighters arrived. However, he was struggling. 

Two firefighters went into the water to assist while others tossed throw bags to them. They pulled the trio to shore, according to a fire department statement released Wednesday.

Once out of the water, he was treated and transported by American Medical Response to an area hospital.

Battalion Chief Greg Holland said of the incident: “If the crew from Engine 315 had not done what they did, the male would have drowned. He was out of time, out of breath, and out of energy to keep going.”

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