For many of the firefighters on Wednesday, June 29, it was their first experience with a roller coaster rescue.
Several firefighters from Station 8 were called to help eight people stuck on the Silver Bullet roller coaster at Frontier City.
“For me, it was a new deal. I’ve never been more than probably fifty feet off the ground before,” said Thad Miller.
He’s been a firefighter at the Oklahoma City Fire Department for just over one year.
Miller described talking to the passengers on the roller coaster, “My name is Thad. We’re here to help you. We’re going to take a big step over this ledge right here. We’re going to put you down in this cart and then we’re going to move you to a safe location.”
He said all their training paid off.
Captain Andrew McCann said one little girl was near and dear to his heart. She was sitting near the front of the roller coaster and is seven years old, the same age as his own daughter.
“That was our youngest child on the car, and when we got her up and started to move her out of the car, she became pretty emotional. She was very upset. She was very nervous,” said McCann.
McCann said the firefighters were able to keep her calm and help her down the steps. They helped a total of seven children and one adult down the roller coaster. They were stuck at the peak, almost 100 feet in the air.
Corporal Cody Ashmore said, “It is definitely good to know that all the practice that we do goes toward something that we can put into play.”
For our local heroes, it’s another day in the books. Ashmore said, “Every day that we get to help somebody is a reason for me to enjoy our job.”