Claremore Firefighter Drowns During Flood Rescue

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CLAREMORE (KOTV) – A Claremore firefighter drowned when he was swept away while performing a water rescue.

Claremore Fire Chief Sean Douglas said the firefighter was attempting to rescue a fellow firefighter who had fallen into a flooded storm drain near Archer Court and Highway 20 just west of Claremore.Douglas said one firefighter was able to make it out of the storm drain alive. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Douglas said the death is a tragic loss for the department and the city of Claremore.

The body of the other firefighter was recovered around 1 a.m. His name has not been released.

First responders in Claremore were busy all night with calls related to floodwater assistance.

Drivers are urged to stay off the roads during the flash flooding event.