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GREGG HINSONĀ  - D.O.B.7/24/1961 - D.O.D.8/27/1995

On August 27, Firefighter James Greg Hinson of the Mebane (NC) Fire Department drowned after rescuing a man from a vehicle on a flooded highway. Hinson and two other firefighters had tied themselves into a rope that was attached to a haul line on a fire department vehicle. As he reached the car and pulled the occupant out, the car was swept into the flooded creek channel. Hinson and the other firefighters slipped into the current, and he became trapped on a guide wire to a telephone pole when other rescuers tried to haul them out of the water. The two other firefighters were rescued. A rescue diver from another department entered the water to reach the car driver, and they were both swept into a tree, where they were later rescued by boat. Hinson was pulled from the water within seven minutes in cardiac arrest.

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