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

Unable to open the car, firefighter Carson Couch punched through the window and grabbed the toddler

By FireRescue1 Staff

PIEDMONT, S.C. — An off-duty firefighter is being hailed a hero after saving a toddler from a sinking car.

CountOn2 reported that Belmont firefighter Carson Couch was driving when he saw a frantic man on the side of the road.

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

Couch swam 40 yards to help save the 2-year-old boy, but the car was locked.

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

Unable to open the car, Couch punched through the window and grabbed the toddler; no one was injured.

"Just being there to help somebody, it's a great feeling," Couch said. "It's rewarding, it's the best job in the world."


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