Off-duty firefighter pulls 2-year-old from sinking car

PIEDMONT, SC (WSPA) – Carson Couch doesn’t consider himself a hero, although to many he probably is.

It was October 2nd when the Belmont firefighter made a rescue, he said, that was unlike any other in his career.

Couch, off-duty at the time, was driving down Piedmont Golf Course Road with his brother when he saw a man, frantic, on the side of the road.

Just beyond him was a truck, quickly sinking in a pond.

Couch who was off-duty at the time was driving down Piedmont Golf Course Road with his brother when he saw a man frantic on the side of the road.

Just beyond him was a truck sinking in a pond.

“We slowed down; I rolled my window down and pulled over to him,” Couch said Wednesday. “He kept asking if I could swim, and that’s when my little brother saw the child in the car.”

Trapped in the back seat was a two year old boy.

“All I saw was his face and hands just like this, pushed up against the glass of the back of the pickup truck.”

Couch swam 40 yards only to realize the truck was locked.

Running off of adrenaline, he says he punched through the window.

“As soon as the water started coming in, it started going down quick.”

Couch told 7 News he had just second to grab the young boy and kick himself away from the sinking car before it went under the water.

“I looked back and there was nothing behind me.”

Minus a few bruises on his hand, the 21-year-old Belmont Firefighter said everyone made it out unharmed.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office responded quickly after to help Couch get out of the water.

“Just being there to help somebody, it’s a great feeling,” said Couch. “it’s rewarding, its the best job in the world.”

 

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