TO: Local Media and Community
FROM: Chief Taylor
SUBJECT: Near Drowning at Green River Lake
On Monday May 24, 2021 at 6:35PM off duty firefighter Cody Wood and his wife, Morgan, had just launched their personal boat to enjoy the evening on Green River Lake. Less than 5 minutes in their trip Firefighter Wood noticed several people that appeared to be struggling in the “No Swimming” area at Green River Lake State Park. He recognized the signs of a drowning victim and quickly jumped into action. He notified the 911 center via portable radio and requested our fire department special operations dive team and emergency medical services. The victim had gone under water several times and was struggling to breathe. He moved his boat in position and was able to grab the near drowning victim. He was able to assist her and two other family members in his boat.
The patient was evaluated by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS and refused medical transport. This situation could have had a tragic ending if not for the quick actions of Firefighter Wood. This incident was definitely a divine intervention with Cody being a public safety diver and his wife being a former lifeguard and now Physician Assistant, they were placed in the right location at the right time. Being a public safety diver, he immediately recognized the signs of a swimmer in distress and took immediate action. We wouldn’t expect anything less from any of our staff! A good fireman is never really off duty and is always willing to do the right thing. We appreciate his lifesaving actions and dedication to our department.
As we enter the summer season and this week kicks off national safe boating week, we want to remind you to be safe on the water this season. The statistics speak for themselves. 79% of boat deaths are due to drowning, 86% of victims are NOT wearing a life jacket and 2/3 of drowning victims are “good” swimmers. Wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket is the simplest life-saving strategy for being in or around the water.