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Fire department caps off holiday weekend with water rescue

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–A collision involving two jet skis sent the Gun Barrel City Fire Department (GBCFD) to the lake to rescue two injured males and search for any other possible victims.
At 6:19 p.m. Saturday, July 6, GBCFD responded to a collision of two jet skis in the 100 block of Westshore Drive with two injured males in the water. Alert neighbors called 9-1-1 and several people jumped into the water to assist the jet skiers.  
Upon arrival, the rescue crews worked with local residents to get the jet skiers and jet skis back to the dock.  Firefighters thoroughly searched the area to make sure there were no additional victims in the water. They were assisted by the Gun Barrel City Police Department and EMS from UT Health. One jet skier was checked by EMS at the scene but declined to be transported to the hospital.  The Gun Barrel City Police Department and the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife are investigating the accident.
At 9:28 p.m., GBCFD, along with the Gun Barrel Police Department, responded to a capsized boat at the Tom Finley boat launch with two boaters in the water.  Fellow boaters were able to get the victims out of the water prior to the arrival of GBC rescue boat.   
There were no reported injuries to the boaters. The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife stayed on scene until a local boat towing company could remove the boat from the water.
On Thursday, July 4, the GBCFD responded to a mutual aid request from the city of Kemp to a large structure fire at a lumber supply company on  State Highway 175.  
Gun Barrel City responded with two fire engines, a water tanker, an assistant chief and several firefighters. One GBC firefighter experienced heat related illness and was treated at the scene by Care Flight EMS.
On Friday, July 5, at 5:02 a.m., GBCFD responded to a dock fire in the 200 block of Loon Bay Drive. The dock was heavily damaged.
“Our firefighters were very busy over the Fourth of July Holiday responding to four major incidents and at the same time helping the other city departments at July Fest.  I would like to thank the firefighters for their quick and professional response to the major incidents and for helping to ensure the citizens and visitors attending July Fest had a safe and enjoyable time.  I would also like thank Assistant Chief Jason Raney for his leadership at the two fires and for leading the fire department’s effort at July Fest,” GBC Fire Chief Joey Lindaman said. “ I would like to remind all of those who are participating in activities on or near Cedar Creek Lake to always wear a life jacket,” he added.


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