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Commission honors airmen for flash flood rescue

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Updated: 8/19/2014 5:12 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County commissioners honored U.S. Air Force personnel who pulled a couple from their vehicle before flash floodwaters swept it away this month.

The airmen were recognized at a commission meeting Tuesday.

The dramatic rescue about 30 miles north of Las Vegas happened Aug. 4 and was captured on video by bystander Doug Bennett.

Bennett says a Ford sedan and a Prius were stuck in the mud of a median on U.S. 95 when a wall of water drew near.

He says a group of U.S. Air Force personnel pulled a woman out of the Prius seconds before it was swept away and flipped over.

Southern Nevada is experiencing monsoon season, when summer rains can quickly lead to dangerous flash floods.


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