Fire Officers Praised For Rescuing Woman

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 17 Comments
August 11, 2017 1:41 pm AST
Fire Officers responding to a whatsapp message to rescue a female
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Fire Officers of the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services, are being praised after they saved the life of Lauren Keil, 33, who resides at Hodges Creek.

Information reaching BVI Platinum News indicate that officers journeyed to the location of the woman’s home, by foot, yesterday morning, August 10, to retrieve her.

The woman was stranded and trapped in her own premises, following the heavy wind and rains on Monday, August 7.

Keil was allegedly found dehydrated and vomiting, as she had been trapped there for quite some time.

She was subsequently transported to the Peebles Hospital for medical attention.

BVI Platinum News understands that the whereabouts of the woman came to light after a message she had sent to a WhatsApp group was delivered, some hours after she had actually sent it.

The message allegedly read, “Need urgent assistance to go to hospital. Can’t get out. I am blocked.”

Luckily, the message was received by one of the fire officers, who then called the number and spoke to her directly.

It was on the phone she expressed that she was trapped, and explained her location to the officers.

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Pat
I am proud to say that CCT network was on all or most of the time as I was able to make and receive calls, during and after the rain ( August 7 to current)
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Erica
The EMTs should be praised as well... They were there every step of the way along with the Fire Officers. They walked that tedious trail. GREAT JOB TO BOTH TEAMS!!
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Help
People we need to start checking up on each other , to see if all is well stop the selfishness.
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Observer
I have known Lauren since she was a baby and a sweeter young lady it would hard to find. I am so glad she is ok and heartfelt thanks to the Fire officers.
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Excellent
Our unsung heroes: Firemen! Lauren is a wonderful person and I am so happy that she was rescued. I remember all of her kindness when she work at the FSN. She is getting her blessing back!
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LCS
Kudos, well done, officers! One good thing comes out of social media. Hope she's doing OK.
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KB
Thank God for life!!
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Citizen
I don't know there people but thank you officer.
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Blessed
Good job guys.
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Tax payer
Once again, great job guys. Serve and protect
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Whoa
Whoa this is sad. but why not make the phone call instead of send a whatsApp message or do both.
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Lily ann
No money on phone? And this goes to show that our internet companies ain't shhhht.... very sad ...
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Crazy
I guess she was one of those persons unable to make calls, like so many of us. Only WA worked for days. But I'm happy she got help. Great job officers!
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Clown soup
Really?? Your statement is so ignorant don't you know after the heavy rains most people especially flow and CCT users were ONLY able to communicate via whatsapp as phone calls were not going thru?? That is why this lady was only able to send out a Whatsapp message!
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Phones
All the phone lines were down after the storm!!!!
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Really
Is that really important at this point ?
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Hmm
If you have been following the news, most telecommunications between carriers were down. That's why a call word not go through, whenever the internet was restored the message would eventually get sent.
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