Boys Swept Into Storm Drain During Heavy Rain
(News/Talk 1480 WHBC) – Massillon firefighters and police officers teamed up to rescue five kids who got swept into a storm drain along Sippo Creek.
It happened along Tremont Avenue SE on Monday afternoon as heavy rain was falling.
One of the boys got swept in, and four more tried to save him but also ended up in the storm drain that’s large enough to drive a car through.
One boy remaining on dry land called 911 and fire and police personnel responded.
Massillon Fire Chief Tom Burgasser was tethered on with a life jacket, and with the help of several firefighters and police officers, was able to pull the boys out of the rushing water.
However, one of the boys made it all the way into the storm drain and went under the city before he was rescued by two police officers near Riverview Towers.
“Fire crews and police crews worked terrifically together and were able to get everyone out,” said Burgasser.
He says the boys will be okay following the harrowing experience, only suffering some minor bumps and bruises.