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Hero who saved semi-truck driver dangling from bridge identified

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The Louisville fire chief praised firefighters for their daring rescue of a semi-truck driver who was stuck dangling over a bridge in Kentucky.

The firefighter who rappelled down and carried the woman to safety was identified as 29-year-old Bryce Carden, who specializes in high-angle rescues.

Carden said he felt calm performing the rescue as he knew his team had his back, and that the woman remained calm and helped him get her to safety.

“All the credit goes right here,” Louisville Fire Chief Brian O’Neill said. “These are some serious heroes. This was some really professional, well-practiced, well-trained stuff.”

“These men and women make me so proud,” O’Neill said. “This motivates the heck out of me every day.”

“This guy is probably one of the nicest, happiest guys that you’ll ever want to meet in your life, and he is the exact right person to put down there to try to keep that patient calm,” O’Neill said.

Both Carden and the chief called this a rare “once in a career” type of rescue, showing the importance of training for dangerous situations.

“This is very much a worse case scenario and something that you don’t expect to happen,” O’Neill said. “This is a once in a career kind of thing.”

“I was not nervous at all going over the edge because I knew that they had me on the top side. Once I reached her, she was super calm, collected and helped me do what I needed to do to get her to safety, essentially. And it all worked out for the best, and we’ll go back to quarters and get ready to do it again if we have to,” Carden said.

“She was praying a lot, and I was praying right there with her,” he added.

“We’ve definitely done a few crazy things, but yes, this tops it so far. Like I said, we trained for this situation probably a hundred times, but they actually put it in action. It felt good,” Carden said.

The bridge rescue successfully lifted the woman to safety.

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