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First responders recognized for efforts to save four from submerged vehicle in Ascenesion Parish

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 17:21:14-05

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is thanking the first reponders who aided in a rescue of two adults and two children on Wednesday morning after their vehicle became submerged in a canal following a crash.

"I want to personally recognize many of our first responders for the heroic act that saved lives this morning," said Sheriff Bobby Webre.

The crash happened shortly before 3:30 a.m. along George Lambert Road at Highway 429 in St. Amant. The Acesnion Parish 911 center received a call in reference to a vehicle submerged in the New River Canal located on Highway 429. APSO deputies, along with Louisiana State Police, and surrounding fire departments quickly rescued four occupants from a vehicle in the canal.

"The accident this morning could have been much worse if it had not been for the swift actions of our deputies and the firefighters from Sorrento Fire Department, St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department, 5th Ward Fire Department, 7th Ward Fire Department, and Gonzales Medic Unit," added Sheriff Webre. "This is what I like to call "Service Beyond Self."

Webre went on to personally thank four of the first responders who he says went above and beyond. "Thank you to Deputy Jamie Wolfe, Deputy Daniel Haydel, and Sorrento Fire Department firefighters Jeff Kelly and Shane Wellman for going above and beyond this morning!"

An investigation into the crash is ongoing, but police say that wet road conditions likely played a factor in the crash. They also say alcohol may have played a role in the incident.

Read more on the crash here.

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