Midland Mother Saves Son From Deep Waters 9/28/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
September 28, 2012
MIDLAND, TX – At the B& B Wrecker and Recovery, phones are ringing off the hook and tow truck drivers are over their head with calls of help.
"It's not your average working day. Your average working day, we’ll all do about 15 calls a day and there's four of us. On a day like this, we can get anywhere from a 100 to 150 calls,” said tow truck driver, Stacy Howard.
The heavy rains have left many drivers to battle the tides and take a risk with their safety.
"The worse ones that you see are people that are stranded with little kids," said Howard.
This is exactly what happened to the Jackson family a few hours ago, when their car was submerged in water.
"There was a puddle of water there, very low you couldn't really see it. Then once I got closer into it; it just sucked my car all the way down into the water," stated Derrick Jackson.
"I was scared. My dad told me to get on top of the car... so I did," said his 14-year-old son, Devante Jackson.
During this moment of deep danger, his mother said a prayer.
"God please just let me get over there to get him. I just couldn't leave him over there," said mother of the 14-year-old, Denise Jackson.
Then she came to the rescue.
"I got out there and the water was up to here. My son was over there, terrified and the water was washing the cars away. So I just...I don't know how I did it; I just walked straight to the water and got my son and brought him straight back to my car," she said.
Now tow truck drivers are warning other families to think twice before hitting the road.
They say the best thing for drivers to do when waters get high is to turn around, don't drown.