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Two Galax police officers helped to rescue a stranded motorist on Tuesday in rising waters on Creekview Drive, during heavy rains that dumped several inches of water on the area.
Galax Police Department responded to a call of a woman stranded in her automobile on Creekview Drive at 6:26 a.m.
Upon their arrival, responding officers observed a vehicle trapped by rising water. Officers Chris Hines and Andrew Burnett entered the flood waters up to their waist in 30-degree temperatures and rescued Lisa Frost of Galax from her vehicle.
Frost told officers that when she came across water in the roadway, she could not tell how deep the it was. When she tried to drive through it, her car was swept into deeper water. The flood waters filled the interior of her vehicle.
Frost was treated at the scene by Galax-Grayson EMS paramedics and checked for signs of hypothermia.
Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said that the action of the two officers was heroic when they, without concern for their own safety, decided to extract the victim after their observations led them to believe that the vehicle was going to be swept into Mill Creek.
Their actions in all likelihood prevented the death or serious injury of the victim, said Clark.