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Cherokee Co. fire chief calls creek rescue a Christmas miracle
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CANTON, Ga. -- An 87-year-old woman is lucky to be alive on Christmas Eve after her car left the highway and ended up in a flooded Cherokee County creek.

Cherokee County Battalion Chief Ricky Collett said the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. at Toonigh Creek on Holly Springs Parkway. 

“The car left the highway and went into the flooded creek," he said. "A Cherokee County firefighter, Michael Axford, who had just gotten off work and three other men rescued her. The car was nearly underwater and firefighters from Station 24 deployed a 35-foot extension ladder to reach the victim due to a steep embankment.”

The driver was shaken but, fortunately, not injured and refused treatment at a local hospital.  The driver said that she was heading to work when the accident occurred. 

After being checked out, the woman indicated that she was still going to work at a local restaurant.

Chief Collett said that the rescue was truly a Christmas miracle.


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