Trooper saves man, 80, from car stranded on flooded road

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ALBANY, Ind. (June 1, 2015) – An Indiana state trooper and a local resident helped rescue an 80-year-old Albany man whose vehicle became stranded in flood waters Sunday afternoon.

Dispatchers received the call from the man around 4:45 p.m. He said he was stranded in his car on a flooded road near State Road 1 and State Road 28 in northern Randolph County.

Pendleton Trooper Mike Bradbury had just gotten off duty but was still in uniform and in the area. He arrived near SR1 and SR28 but couldn’t see the man’s vehicle near that section of the Mississinewa River.

A local resident in a truck with four wheel drive picked up Bradbury. Together, they went east on flooded County Road 82 North and found the stranded car and driver about a mile and a half east of SR1.

Because the water was so deep in the area, the truck could only get within 40 yards of the car. Bradbury walked into hip-deep water to reach the car, which had water up to the bottom edge of the windows. He helped the driver, Jack Kirchner, out and took him to the truck.

Medical crews checked out Kirchner at the scene, and Albany police took him home. Bradbury said crews would have to wait a few days for the water to recede in order to recover Kirchner’s car.

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