ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV) – A 65-year-old lady was rescued from her sinking automotive in the course of the historic flooding and was reunited with the three males who saved her life.
“I didn’t need to drown in that automotive,” says rescued driver Mona Foster. “The water is consistently coming into your automotive, it will get as much as your dashboard and your head is touching the ceiling. I don’t need to die like this.”
Foster was driving to work in the course of the heavy rainfall in July when her automotive grew to become trapped underwater on Lucas and Hunt Street in North County. Her calls to 911 failed as her automotive grew to become submerged within the rising floodwaters.
“It feels superb simply to see folks coming collectively. Police and neighborhood coming collectively to avoid wasting a life,” says Foster.
“Precedence appeared to be Mona since she wasn’t capable of open her home windows or her doorways. So I went to work on that window and Steven got here in,” says Officer Nathan Phillips of the St. Louis County Police Division.
Phillips helped pull her to security together with good samaritan Steven Reeves and Foster’s son-in-law.
“You by no means know what’s within the water. Particles, bushes, you’ll be able to’t see the bottom beneath you as a result of it’s so muddy. You don’t know what you’re strolling on,” Officer Phillips says.
Reeves rushed to rescue Foster after calling 911 and used his elbow to interrupt the window she needed to climb out of to get out.
“He most likely would have been on the market alone and couldn’t get the girl out the automotive quick sufficient,” says Reeves.
DuJuan Bateman jumped in to assist after Foster’s household despatched him over to convey her house and out of the floodwaters.
“I simply took off and actually didn’t take into consideration the water or the hazard or the present,” says, son-in-law DuJuan Bateman.
On Wednesday, the group reunited exterior of the police’s North County precinct.
“Group and police officer got here collectively. He confirmed nice bravery. All of them did. Simply to avoid wasting me, “says Foster. “I’m so grateful to God that he despatched this assist.”
“I really feel like a hero,” says Reeves.
Now after saving a life, Reeves needs to make public service his full-time job.
“I all the time wished to be a firefighter however now I really feel like I need to be a police officer,” he says.
“Proud. I all the time like when folks need to be part of as a result of it makes you’re feeling such as you’re doing the proper factor within the job,” says Officer Phillips.
Foster additionally says she is grateful for the North County household who took her in after the rescue and gave her meals, water, blankets and a spot to relaxation.
“You bought some folks which might be variety and good and so they simply cherished on me like they knew me all my life,” she stated.
Foster is asking the three males who pulled her from the trapped automotive her angels. She plans to submit their names for an space heroes award.
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