Bradley County Sheriff’s deputy Sam Long and Sgt. Jerry Rogers pulled the boy from the overflowing creek.
Rogers had been patrolling the area of Tennessee Nursery Road and Old Harrison Pike, keeping an eye on the rising waters of Candies Creek, according to reports.
Rogers said the creek was out of its banks and described it as “approximately 150 yards of swift-running water covering the roadway.” He requested barricades from the Bradley County Road Department on both sides of the flooding, according to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO.
Rogers had left the area and returned a short time later, observing the young teen approaching from the opposite side on roller skates.
According to Rogers’s report, “When I observed him getting into the water, I yelled at him not to try and cross the road. He either did not hear me or chose to ignore me. He then started toward my side of the road. He was walking on the edge of the submerged roadway. As he moved toward me, he was getting into deeper and swifter moving water. I yelled for him to turn around several more times. He continued on. When he got into waist deep water, the current pushed him off the roadway and into some trees. I yelled for him to hang on to the trees and not try to move further. I then notified dispatch of my location and the situation. I heard Deputy [Sam] Long advising that he [Long] was close and en route to my location. The boy was holding onto the tree and attempting to stand up. He was unable to stand due to the swift current and the fact he was wearing roller skates.”
The boy told Rogers later that he could not hear him when he tried to keep him from crossing into the water.
Long was reportedly on the other side of the swift water and exited his vehicle. The current was strong and appeared to be pulling at the boy. Long and Rogers entered the water from opposite sides.
Long reached the young man and Rogers eventually worked his way to them, helping pull the boy to safety, according to his report.
“Sgt. Rogers stated that he has no doubt that Deputy Long’s actions prevented the boy from drowning,” Gault said.
Gault said the young man has only lived in Bradley County a short time.
His mother stated she was unaware of how deep and swift the creek was when she gave him permission to go to a nearby store, according to Gault.
Bradley County Emergency Medical Service officials responded to aid at the scene as well.
The boy and the deputies did not suffer any injuries in the incident, according to Gault.