Conroe Police Chief Jeff Christy recognized several officers and Conroe citizen Lance Massey before Mayor and Council on Thursday, for their courageous actions during Tropical Storm Imelda on Sept. 19.
Officer Justin Devore entered the rapidly-flowing ravine in the 100 block of Hillcrest to rescue a woman, who had accidentally turned into the ravine because she was unable to navigate the flood waters into a driveway. The driver was trapped in the vehicle as it was nose down in the murky flood water, that was above the driver door and entering the vehicle. Officer Devore forced open the door and carried the driver to safety.
Officers Richard Cruz, Andres Garcia, Chris Herrera, Kaylee Castañon and Jason Tosto entered the rushing water of the I-45 feeder road in front of Candy Cane Park to rescue a family, who had became trapped in the rapidly rising and fast moving flood waters. The officers created a human chain, and one by one removed the family from the vehicle before taking them to safety.
Detective Jason Waller was assigned to detour traffic from the flooded roadway at South Loop 336 and Frazier Street. A Conroe citizen, Lance Massey, observed an elderly man drive into the flood waters traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. Massey directed the officer’s attention to the sinking vehicle and Detective Waller dove into the flood waters. He swam to the vehicle and went underwater to remove the man from the now-sunken vehicle, carrying him to safety. Massey also risked his own safety and entered the water to assist the citizen in distress.
Chief Christy would like to thank Massey, these courageous officers and the many other first responders who risked their safety during this storm to ensure the safety and security of Conroe citizens.