Clarksville officer saves man from drowning in massive hole

(source: Clarksville Police Department)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Clarksville Police Department says an officer helped rescue a man from drowning Monday morning in a massive hole.

PHOTOS: Clarksville officer saves man (source: Alexandra Myree)
PHOTOS: Clarksville officer saves man (source: Alexandra Myree)

The hole was created after a truck struck a fire hydrant that flooded several homes on Pembroke Road.

Neighbor Alexandra Myree said the hole opened up in her yard and looked like a small pool.

“I just saw the truck in my yard and the water spewing everywhere and I had to call the police,” she told News 2.

Resident Richard Garrett then fell into the hole and couldn’t get out with the pressure of the water holding him down.

“When I got close, I actually slipped and fell in head first. And when I went down, I didn’t know it was that deep. My whole body went into the water,” Garrett told News 2.

He believes the hole was five to six feet deep.

“My whole body was submerged, and then when I went under water, my head hit the bottom,” Garrett recalled Tuesday.

The police department says Officer Thomas McCraw helped without hesitation.

With the aid of nearby neighbors, they were able to pull Garrett out of the hole and save him from possibly drowning.

“I’m grateful to be here today and to be able to tell you about it, and I’m thankful to the officer for getting in the mud with me and pulling me out,” Garrett added.

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