At 1957 the Grand Junction Fire Department was dispatched to a rescue involving a young child that had fallen into the Grand Valley Canal between 15th Street and 17th Street. Two adult males ran to save the child. One male dove into the water and was able to grab the child while the second male held onto both preventing them from being pulled under the surface by the strong current in the canal. The men managed to pull the child from the waters and onto the canal bank. After struggling against the fast moving waters the men could not climb out of the canal. Engine 2 arrived on the canal road by 2007 and the fast acting crew pulled the men from the water. There were no injuries.
GJFD responded with Engine 2, Ambulance 3, and Medic 1. The Grand Junction Police Department also responded to assist. Remember, a combination of high waters, cold temperatures, fast-moving waters, steep banks, and unseen debris make canals extremely dangerous.
For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJfirePIO@gjcity.org.