LITTLE ROCK, AR (KARK) — Two central Arkansas firefighters received national and international attention for a Facebook video when they used a duck hunting trick to put out a house fire in a flooded Houston neighborhood.
Arkadelphia firefighters Jason Hunt and Beau Bishop recorded on their cell phone last week when they helped Houston firefighters. The two guys got creative to try and to save a burning house in the midst of Hurricane Harvey.
Hunt and Bishop returned home to Arkansas Friday from helping people evacuate their flooded homes in Texas. They gave us the video that has been shared more than a thousand times on Facebook in less than a week.
You can see Jason using the boat’s motor to kick up flood waters to quickly put out a house fire.
“If what you’re saying doesn’t turn out good you’re going to be on YouTube,” Hunt said.
The duck hunting trick worked out better than the two firefighters ever expected.
“Just an old duck hunter trick,” Hunt told NBC4 sister station KARK-TV.
The two fathers left their families to help rescue Houston families last week.
“Really over whelming and still, quite frankly we’re still processing,” Bishop said.
They said as they approached dry land during their last rescue on their second day there they saw black smoke.
“We dropped these the two people off from the boat and headed that way. Just followed the smoke basically,” Bishop said.
They described seeing Army reservists and Houston firefighter standing in flood water above their waists while flames shot from the house.
“You would think that we had kind of been with that crew forever because it just went pretty seemless,” Bishop said.
Jason dove into the water to connect the hose to the fire hydrant only to find out the water pressure was not enough.
Beau credits Jason with the next idea.
“Just an old duck hunter trick. We’ll pin our boats to a tree in the woods and we’ll blow the ice out using out boat motors so I thought it would be worth a try,” Hunt said.
It worked. However, it is the rescues a not the videos that stick in their minds back home. The Arkadelphia firefighters said they hope people will use the attention and be inspired to help out and to donate to that volunteer fire department.