Amazing rescue makes national news

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

TOM BEAN, Tex. -- Several Sherman firefighters are now in the national spotlight for risking their lives to rescue two men in Tom Bean. Ryan Loyd met them and brings us their heroic story.

This is the rescue that made national news: a team of Sherman fire fighters grabbing hold of two Tom Bean men caught up in the flood waters of Texoma.

One of those men was Brandon Beck, a volunteer firefighter who became a victim himself after trying to save a man on the brink of being swept away.

"I went to get victim and that's when things went bad," said Beck.

The crew that saved him had just five of its twelve-member team. The team’s biggest day came a few short years after they got together for missions just like this.

The terrible North Texas rains and its aftermath popped up on TV screens across the country.

Even the day after, the talk of the town, are these men who risked it all to save two thankful men.

Beck and the other victim held on for dear life for at least two hours.

During that time, beck even lost his wedding ring, a sentimental reminder of his 12-year marriage that can never be replaced.

But giving the perspective of what could have happened, that's a small loss compared to a big gain -- life.

This band of brothers knows that life moves on, and they also know that they have each other's support in case anything like this ever happens again.


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  • by JDH Location: Sherman on Jun 21, 2007 at 06:18 AM
    The other local channel got this part of the story WRONG! Scruffy has not been found. The dog was lost in the current.
  • by PJ Location: Denison on Jun 20, 2007 at 02:40 PM
    It was wonderful to hear of the heroic rescue of two flood victims. Last night it was said that "Scruffy" had slipped from his owner's arms, but today we are hearing that he was rescued along with the men. As an animal lover, Just wondering what happened to Scruffy?
  • by Scott Barrett Location: Tom Bean on Jun 20, 2007 at 10:40 AM
    Brandon you did a great job and im proud to know that we have good people on the Tom Bean Fire Dept. who will risk it all for someone else. Mason Beaver you sorry dog always making the big rescue. Man im proud and very glade to have you as a friend. You along with the rest of the Sherman Fire Dept. did a great job in a tense and very stressful situation. Anybody who reads this and sees these heros should tell them what a great job they do for all of us!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2007 at 08:04 AM
    Thank you Brandon Beck for being the hero that you are. I am sorry to hear that you lost your wedding band, and I know what it means to you.
  • by kimberly Location: sherwood shores on Jun 20, 2007 at 05:34 AM
    thank you brandon beck for doing something so heroic. God Bless you for the rest of you life.
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