HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Deputy Chris Allen was in the right place at the right time Tuesday night, mere minutes away from a vehicle that had gone off the road and into a large body of water.
“I was on County Farm Road, probably about two minutes away, so I was pretty close from the time the call came out to arriving on scene," Allen said.
The driver of the vehicle ran the stop sign at County Farm and Robinson roads, flipped and then rolled nearly 100 yards into a large body of water. When Allen arrived, he estimates the cab was already 70 percent filled with water.
“I heard the subject in the vehicle trying to kick the window, so I threw my gear on the ground and I hopped out there with my flash light, knocked the window out and was able to recover the guy and a small dog," Allen said.
The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital with only minor injuries, and his dog came out unscathed. To many, this is a miraculous rescue, but for Allen, it was just another day on the job.
“We have a service to the public that we do. It’s nothing; something that we may not think is a really big deal, but, you know, in the public eyes it’s a big deal. I’m just glad we can get out there and actually save lives,” Allen said.
Watch the video below to see the divers and rescuers searching the submerged truck