WV Army National Guard perform air rescue on man trapped in Ritchie Co. flood waters

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The West Virginia Army National Guard performed a successful aerial rescue of a person trapped in a vehicle due to flood waters in Ritchie County on Wednesday afternoon.

Aircrew members of the WV Army National Guard’s Company C., 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, located in Williamstown, West Virginia, performed a successful aerial rescue mission via a U.S. Army HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

At approximately 2 p.m. Ritchie County contacted the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) Watch Center with a request to rescue a stranded driver who was trapped on a secondary road near Ellenboro due to flood waters. According to the WV Army National Guard, flood waters were not expected to recede within the next 24-48 hours, and local emergency responders could not reach the stranded man without air support.

Within an hour of the request, aircrew members of the WV Army National Guard were able to respond and successfully rescue the man from the mud and flood waters along Bonds Creek. Following his rescue, the WV Army National Guard transported the man to Ritchie County High School in Ellenboro, where he was evaluated by emergency medical personnel.

The WV Army National Guard said the aircrew for the rescue mission consisted of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon Koon (command pilot); 1st Lt. Aaron Wood (pilot); Staff Sgt. Jesse Rickwartz (crew chief) and Sgt. Joshua Allen (medic).

The state mission of the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion is to provide aeromedical evacuation and search and rescue capability to the Governor and citizens of West Virginia in times of emergency, according to the WV Army National Guard.

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