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Amid high waters and fast currents, deputies’ familiarity with creek allowed for quick rescue

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Had it not been for two Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputies familiar with a creek, where a teenage girl was trapped on a log in the middle of high waters, the outcome could have been tragic.

The incident occurred last Thursday in Horseheads. Sgt. Mike Skroskznik and Deputy Mike Wheeler, both from Horseheads, were two of the first to respond.

They were confronted with higher-than-normal waters and strong currents.

Being how Skroskznik and Wheeler from the area, their familiarity with the creek allowed them to plan a rescue to save the girl.

“I know where the drop-off spots were and I just dove in knowing that you have to make the swim to get to her,” Skroskznik said.

The men went into the water and said they feel the currents’ strength. Knowing the potential danger of the creek, they knew they had a job to do that they were trained for.

“Just hearing where they were coming from it kind of gave me an idea as which way to go through,” Wheeler explained, “pretty much try to make a path, so they could get a rescue basket or any personnel that was needed at the time.”

The deputies said they are no strangers to water rescues as they’ve done these rescues before.

The two said the girl has recovered from her injuries.

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