Commendations for Plymouth County Dive Team


Members of the Plymouth County Dive Team received commendations Tuesday from the county Board of Supervisors. The Board’s resolution, passed on June 25, recognizes the efforts of the dive team on June 22, and 23. The dive team rescued a total of 36 people who became trapped in cars and homes that were rapidly filling with flood water.

Cole Heissel says they were initially called out to rescue a truck driver.


One rescue led to another


Pat Heissel says this was their biggest call ever.


They used their boats to approach the flooded homes.


Cole says much of their work was removing people who were trapped in their homes.


Pat Heissel says there is really no training for this kind of operation.


The eight include (left to right) Pat, Cheryl, and Cole Heissel, Jamie Vander Helm, Tom Mullaly, Hunter and Matt Fedders, and Joel Johnson. Pat Heissel is with the Plymouth County Sheriffs Office. The rest are civilians. All of them volunteer their services to the dive team.