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Airmen honored for U.S. 95 flash flood rescue

LAS VEGAS-- A dramatic rescue of a couple trapped by flood waters was caught on tape and now the seven airmen from Nellis and Creech air force bases, who went above and beyond the call of duty, are being recognized for the bravery.

A few weeks ago, along U.S. 95, traffic heading into Las Vegas was stopped in its tracks as flood waters rolled down from Mt. Charleston. Some drivers tried to cross the median to get over to the dry side, but that is where one couple became trapped.

Cell phone video captured the airmen wading into rushing water. As they worked to free a woman trapped inside a car, the current picked up a Toyota Prius and sent it towards them.

“Looking back at the video it puts things in perspective, but I think given the same circumstances I would've done it again,” Tech Sgt. Adam Dixon with the 820th Red Horse Squadron said.

The airmen were just driving home from work on Creech Air Force Base, when a river brought traffic along the U.S. 95 to a stop. Some drivers got stuck in the median trying to avoid the rising tide.

“We didn't think the water would hit us that fast. Sgt. Dixon and some other airman were just pushing cars out,” Airman Christopher Fitzgerald with 820th Red Horse Squadron said.

The pushing became a lost cause with the flash flood growing in intensity. The airmen pried a door open, pulling a woman from the car seconds before the Prius swept passed them.

“In the moment, the adrenaline was pumping so it was tough but not impossible,” Staff Sgt. James Maxwell with the 820th Red Horse Squadron said.

Their actions were honored by Clark County commissioners Tuesday.

“To go above and beyond and save some of our residents is truly remarkable. It is our pleasure to honor you three on part of your team with some proclamations,” Commissioner Larry Brown said.

These service men, more trained for battle than public appearances, accepted the applause.

“We didn't know at the time we were getting captured on the video, so we weren't expecting any of this. It has been surreal very humbling,” Tech Sgt. Dixon said.

They don't call themselves heroes.

“A lot of people would have done what we did, if they were in that situation. We were just glad we were there,” Tech Sgt. Dixon said.