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Louisville firefighter Bryce Carden identified as rescuer

Following the harrowing rescue of a semi-truck driver who was stuck hanging on a bridge. Clark Memorial Bridge in Kentuckythe city’s fire chief praised first responders for their daring rescue efforts.

“All the credit goes here,” Louisville Fire Chief Brian O’Neill said at a news conference Friday. “These are serious heroes. This was really professional, well practiced, well trained.”

“They’re very proud of me,” O’Neill said. “This really motivates me every day.”

The firefighter who rappelled down to the driver and brought her to safety was identified as 29-year-old Bryce Carden, who specializes in high-angle rescues.

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Louisville Fire Chief Brian O’Neill said the rescuers were “some serious heroes.” (Louisville Fire Department)

“This guy is probably one of the kindest, happiest guys you’d ever want to meet in your life, and he’s just the right person to put there to calm a patient down,” O’Neill said. Carden’s.

O’Neill said this was a “once in a career” type of rescue.

“This is a very bad scenario and unexpected,” he said. “This is a once-in-a-career thing.”

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The team worked together to rescue a woman dangling from a bridge in a semi-truck. (Louisville Fire Department)

Carden said she wasn’t nervous because she knew her team was rooting for her and the woman was calm and collected.

“I wasn’t nervous at all going over the edge because I knew they had me topside. When I approached her, she was very calm and collected and basically she “And it all worked out for the best, so we’re going to go back to our quarters and be ready to do it all over again if necessary.” ” he said.

She used to pray a lot, and I prayed there with her.

— Bryce Carden, Louisville Fire Department

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“She was praying a lot, and I was praying there with her,” he added.

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The firefighter who rappelled down to the driver and carried her to safety was identified as 29-year-old Bryce Carden. (Louisville Fire Department)

Carden said the rescue effort “surpassed” anything he had ever done in his career.

“We’ve certainly done some crazy things, but yes, this is the best we’ve ever done. Like I said, we’ve probably trained for this situation 100 times, but they… I actually went for it and it felt good,” Carden said.

of initial crash The incident was reported around 12:15 p.m. local time on Friday.

According to local reports, the truck appears to have been traveling northbound on the bridge when it crossed lanes and crashed into the bridge’s guardrail.

In a dramatic video, Carden was lowered into a semi-truck They lowered the female driver from the ladder to lift her to safety.

Louisville Bridge Rescue Caught on Camera

A driver was rescued from a semi-truck dangling in the Ohio River after a crash on a bridge in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, March 1, 2024. (WDRB)

A truck trailer could be seen wedged into a bridge beam, stopping it from falling into the water below. The hood of the truck was also open and could be seen hanging from the cab of the truck.

In addition to the semi, three vehicles were involved in the accident: two cars and a pickup truck. Two people in one of the cars were also taken to University of Louisville Hospital.

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The bridge remained closed after the rescue.

This bridge was built in 1929. The bridge is four lanes with two lanes on each side and the speed limit is 35 mph.

FOX News’ Michael Dorgan contributed to this report.

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