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Woman rescued from sinking SUV gives thanks to first responders

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's not very often that we tell you about a water rescue in Lubbock, but that's exactly what happened April 1, 2009 when Lubbock EMS and Lubbock Police jumped into a playa lake at Charles Guy Park in south Lubbock to rescue a woman from her sinking SUV.  Now, the community will honor those heroes.

Cray Pickering was pulled from that SUV. She says once she learned of the Red Cross heroes breakfast, she knew her saviors needed to be nominated. "This was an unusual and kind of frightening rescue," Pickering said. 

Pickering can't recall a lot of the details about her rescue. She blacked out while behind the wheel of her SUV that morning. The vehicle ended up in the playa lake at Charles Guy Park with Pickering unconscious inside.

"It was very cold," Chad Curry told NewsChannel 11 in April.  Curry with UMC Lubbock EMS arrived on scene in minutes. He along with Lubbock Police Officers Brent Hackett and Gus Imbarlina decided the car was sinking too fast to wait for the dive team, so they entered the water. First responders busted out the vehicle window and swam her to shore.

Pickering says she didn't become aware of what was going on until she was inside the ambulance. "Because of their heroic efforts, I am here today," Pickering said. 

Pickering recently celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary, and saw her daughters start a new school year. It's these moments that cause her entire family to look back and call these men heroes. "Going out there and saving my mom in the middle of 40-degree water, I just want to say thank you that I got to have my mom on Mother's Day," Pickering's daughter Fallon Pickering said.

"I just love them; I just want to say thank you.  They're my heroes," Pickering's daughter Britlyn Pickering said. 

"I just wanted them to know I could never say thank you enough, but that this was an opportunity to do so," Pickering said. 

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