Fire Department Praised For Icy Rescue | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Fire Department Praised For Icy Rescue

Play associated audio

By David Schultz

D.C. Fire Department rescue crews were in Rock Creek Park near P Street, responding to a call about an overturned car in the stream. It had skidded off the nearby parkway sometime early yesterday morning.

U.S. Park Police say the car had been in the frigid water for several hours. But when the rescue crews reached it, Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer says they found its driver still alive. "It is possible to survive a cold water rescue," he says.

Park Police spokesman David Schlosser says the rescue crews' actions were heroic.

"They were waist deep in water that was running pretty quickly and they were breaking through the ice to get into the car. And as they were doing this, floes of ice were going past them," says Schlosser. "[It] was just absolutely outstanding to see the dedication that these guys had."

But ultimately, their dedication wasn't enough.

The driver of the car, Joshua Kuhlman of Arlington, Va., was pronounced dead late yesterday afternoon. He was 22 years old.

NPR

Former Basketball Player Scores As A Filmmaker

While Deon Taylor was playing professional basketball in Germany, he had an epiphany: he wanted to make movies. The self-taught director's latest film, Supremacy, was released this Friday.
NPR

Surströmming Revisited: Eating Sweden's Famously Stinky Fish

Sweden has the distinction of producing surströmming, one of the foulest-smelling foods in the world. More than a decade ago, NPR's Ari Shapiro tried eating it and failed. It's time for a rematch.
NPR

What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.
NPR

The Infinite Whiteness Of Public Radio Voices

The hashtag #publicradiovoices, about the "whiteness" of public radio, trended on Twitter this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch team about the conversation.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.