SALYERSVILLE – Salyersville Fire Chief Paul Howard was on his way home Friday evening just as the water was starting to raise over the creekbanks when he received a call that made him turn around and drive back to town.
Kevin Holderby’s son, a senior at Magoffin County High School, left Friday morning for the senior trip, parking in the lower parking lot behind the school, with the plan in place that Kevin would pick up the car when he got back from work Friday evening.
As he was driving back to Salyersville – still an hour and a half away from town – Kevin receives a call from his wife, who was frantic, telling him their son’s car was about to get flooded and she didn’t know what to do.
“I was an hour and a half away and knew by looking at the picture she sent me that there was no way that it could wait until I got home,” Kevin told the Independent.
He called Paul Howard, who turned around and headed back to town to see if he could help.
“He got there a few minutes later and analyzed the situation, rolled up his pant legs, waded out to the car and drove it out,” Kevin said.
Paul told the Independent the water was up to the running boards of the car, so he waded out, got in and drove it out to the upper side the parking lot behind the school. He said the water was getting ready to go across the rocker panels and into the car, but no water actually got in the car.
While Howard didn’t wait around to catch their names, Kevin said his son was frantic, then relieved, wanting to know who saved his car.
“Not too long after, the water was so high the car would’ve been completely submerged,” Kevin said. “He was definitely a hero that day.”