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Rescue team training for trench rescues is put to the test

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

It was back to training for the Hamilton County Tactical Rescue Team on Tuesday after a real life incident put the team's knowledge to the test.

Trench rescues are uncommon in Hamilton County, but on Monday, emergency crews responded to a rescue in Carmel, Ind.

Just before 1 p.m., an employee with Badell Plumbing was replacing a sewer line outside a home on Rolling Springs Drive, when dirty and rock began to collapse burying him from the waist down.

Fellow workers tried to free the man, but they were unsuccessful.

Finally, 911 was called and first responders from all over the county, including the tactical rescue team who was training in trench rescues were dispatched to the scene.

"It is pretty ironic we were actually on our way back from lunch when we heard the call in Carmel. We went back to our training site, grabbed as much of our stuff as we could and headed that way," said Fisher Firefighter Joe Bookwalter.

After three hours, the man was freed and air lifted to a nearby hospital.

"Hours of training, preparation and teamwork paid off," says Noblesville Firefighter Jeremiah Monroe. "It really paid off. It really makes it worth it," Monroe added.

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration told FOX59 News that Badell Plumbing of Greenfield has had no inspections or safety complaints in the last 5 years, but they are investigating this incident in Carmel.

The name of the victim has not been released.

He was released from the hospital and is at home resting, according to his supervisor.

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