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Three North Carolina heros recognized for saving woman trapped in flood waters

Posted at 12:36 PM, Dec 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-03 12:36:53-05

idkBERTIE Co., N.C. – Three employees from Bertie County Maintenance received an award for their heroism.

On Thursday William Audrey Creech, Marty Lee Jernigan, and Stacy Allen Mizelle were recognized for rescuing a woman who was trapped in rising flood waters during Tropical Storm Julia.

The three employees were putting out barricades on Wakelon Rd., during the storm on September 21.

Jernigan received a page on his fire department device because he is also a volunteer firefighter.

The page said a car was swept off the road with a woman trapped inside at Flat Swamp on Wakelon Road.

The three knew they were close enough to get there before the fire department so they rushed to the scene.

When they got to the scene the three workers found the woman in a small SUV in water at least two feet deep and rising.

They were able to reach the woman and pull her out to safety.

For their heroism, the group each got The Extra Mile Award which recognizes department employees for significant contributions over and above normal job duties.