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Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby bltdonahue » Mon 02 Jan 2012 8:07 am

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-573 ... ?tag=stack

(AP)

SALT LAKE CITY - Former police officer Chris Willden didn't hesitate when he realized children were trapped in an upside down car in an icy Utah river. He pulled his handgun, pushed it up against the submerged windows and shot out the glass.

Then he reached inside.

"I was trying to grab arms, but I couldn't feel anything," Willden said. "I'm thinking ... what are we going to do?"'

But he turned to see up to eight other passers-by had scrambled down the embankment to help after coming upon the accident along U.S. 89 in Logan Canyon on Saturday afternoon.


Willden, eh? Isn't he one of us? :raisedbrow:

And getting into a car is no joke. I bought the whole family emergency rescue tools for cutting seat-belts and breaking into/out of side windows on cars after I was in a similar situation in Texas last month trying to break into a lady's car after she managed to nearly t-bone me and launch herself into a forest off a 30ft embankment. Craziness.

Anyhow, good work. I wouldn't want to use a handgun to break into a car in an emergency unless there was no choice (which seems to be the case here). Obviously there is a conscientious way to aim a pistol such that the bullet will only break glass and not threaten those inside...but there are also some great assisted opening knives with glass-breaker tips on the hilt. This is the one I got for folks for Christmas (photos do a lousy job of showing the glass-breaker).

http://www.bladeops.com/Smith-Wesson-Mi ... wmp3bs.htm

Anyhow, great work!
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Re: Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby moyler » Mon 02 Jan 2012 9:21 am

bltdonahue wrote:http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57350853/passers-by-save-3-kids-from-icy-river-drowning/?tag=stack

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SALT LAKE CITY - Former police officer Chris Willden didn't hesitate when he realized children were trapped in an upside down car in an icy Utah river. He pulled his handgun, pushed it up against the submerged windows and shot out the glass.

Then he reached inside.

"I was trying to grab arms, but I couldn't feel anything," Willden said. "I'm thinking ... what are we going to do?"'

But he turned to see up to eight other passers-by had scrambled down the embankment to help after coming upon the accident along U.S. 89 in Logan Canyon on Saturday afternoon.


Willden, eh? Isn't he one of us? :raisedbrow:

Yes, this was Chris Willden with Strategic Tactical. He would probably be the first to say that there were others that showed up to help, and he may not have been able to do it without them.

Chris probably would not say, so I will say it for him, that the right person showed up first, and had the skill, mindset, the right tools, and did what needed to be done to start the rescue. Well done, Brother!

As a note, while enjoying a normal drrive through the canyon, Chris just happened to have his EDC pistol, and his EDC knife on his person. Had he not had immediate, ready access to these items, this may have changed the outcome for the worse.
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Re: Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby Gunlvr » Mon 02 Jan 2012 9:26 am

Good job to him for thinking outside the box.

I once had to break into a van after the driver went into a diabetic episode and sideswiped three cars. I was in a UHaul and had to throw the furnature dolly (low wooden carpet covered thing) at the rear window twice to break the glass so that I could unlock the front door and shut the engine off. a passerby had soft icecream. a spoonful had the person comming around.
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Re: Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby Cinhil » Mon 02 Jan 2012 10:20 am

bltdonahue wrote:http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57350853/passers-by-save-3-kids-from-icy-river-drowning/?tag=stack

(AP)

SALT LAKE CITY - Former police officer Chris Willden didn't hesitate when he realized children were trapped in an upside down car in an icy Utah river. He pulled his handgun, pushed it up against the submerged windows and shot out the glass.

Then he reached inside.

"I was trying to grab arms, but I couldn't feel anything," Willden said. "I'm thinking ... what are we going to do?"'

But he turned to see up to eight other passers-by had scrambled down the embankment to help after coming upon the accident along U.S. 89 in Logan Canyon on Saturday afternoon.


Willden, eh? Isn't he one of us? :raisedbrow:

And getting into a car is no joke. I bought the whole family emergency rescue tools for cutting seat-belts and breaking into/out of side windows on cars after I was in a similar situation in Texas last month trying to break into a lady's car after she managed to nearly t-bone me and launch herself into a forest off a 30ft embankment. Craziness.

Anyhow, good work. I wouldn't want to use a handgun to break into a car in an emergency unless there was no choice (which seems to be the case here). Obviously there is a conscientious way to aim a pistol such that the bullet will only break glass and not threaten those inside...but there are also some great assisted opening knives with glass-breaker tips on the hilt. This is the one I got for folks for Christmas (photos do a lousy job of showing the glass-breaker).

http://www.bladeops.com/Smith-Wesson-Mi ... wmp3bs.htm

Anyhow, great work!


That would be a Smith and Wesson MP3 knife, very nice knife to have around.
Congratulations to Willden for his heroics. I am sure he would consider it nothing but it saved the lives of several people and that cannot be forgotten. Quick thinking and proper use of what ever tool is at hand is a lifesaver. I am sure he had people back away sufficiently so no one would be hurt by the blast. His quick thinking and actions ought to be commended for his respect for life and desire to help those in need!

Thank you from me and this community as your actions show the type of individuals we represent! :thumbsup:
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Re: Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby faydee » Mon 02 Jan 2012 10:53 am

sounds like a hero to me... even though i am sure he will tell us all no he is not...
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Heres my article for Guns in the News!

Postby Strategic Tactical » Mon 02 Jan 2012 12:27 pm

See the link below. If you have questions, please direct them through the Strategic Tactical Group Facebook page or email them to me at chris@strategictacticalgroup.com as we are fielding a lot of press and interviewing. Thanks and be safe.

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Re: Heres my article for Guns in the News!

Postby Cinhil » Mon 02 Jan 2012 12:56 pm

Thank you for taking the time to share this. I wonder if this and This; viewtopic.php?f=23&t=13462 link should not be joined by a moderator.
There was plenty of information here to give even greater insight into the heroic efforts to save these lives for which I am sure these people will be forever grateful.
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Re: Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby Car Knocker » Mon 02 Jan 2012 1:13 pm

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Re: Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby My Trigger Guard » Mon 02 Jan 2012 5:18 pm

Ya I saw the other post on this, OUTSTANDING.
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Re: Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby Paul » Tue 03 Jan 2012 7:49 am

Great interview this morning on The Today Show
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45853756/ ... ver-crash/
Great job Chris.
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Re: Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby Snurd » Tue 03 Jan 2012 8:26 am

That's awesome! Great job. :thumbsup:
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Re: Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby sigmanluke » Tue 03 Jan 2012 9:02 am

The right people, in the right place, at the right time. This is the best imaginable outcome. To all those involved, well done.
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Re: Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby divegeek » Tue 03 Jan 2012 11:52 am

sigmanluke wrote:The right people, in the right place, at the right time. This is the best imaginable outcome. To all those involved, well done.

And with the right tools. I'm not saying that it wouldn't have been possible without the gun and the knife, but at the least it would have cost extra time and that could have been tragic.

This story is awesome in too many ways to count.

Great job, cousin! I really need to meet you some time...
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Re: Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby The Armed Female » Tue 10 Jan 2012 4:49 pm

I rarely watch TV anymore let alone "Ellen" but I happened to catch the beginning today and it flashed at the bottom that they would have the people from this story on later. Hook...and...reeled me in! I am glad it did. They interviewed the dad and kids first and then brought out about 10 of the rescuers. Ellen was gracious even when Chris said he used his gun, she didn't seem to have a problem with it. :thumbsup: Way to go!
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Re: Passers-by save 3 kids from Logan River

Postby Rupper » Tue 10 Jan 2012 5:02 pm

TriciaDodge wrote:I rarely watch TV anymore let alone "Ellen" but I happened to catch the beginning today and it flashed at the bottom that they would have the people from this story on later. Hook...and...reeled me in! I am glad it did. They interviewed the dad and kids first and then brought out about 10 of the rescuers. Ellen was gracious even when Chris said he used his gun, she didn't seem to have a problem with it. :thumbsup: Way to go!

I don't watch Ellen either, but my wife showed me this. Good stuff.

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