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Two emergency calls requiring technical fire rescue response

Today's multi-jurisdictional responses required efforts, dedication and skills that often go beyond the average or typical calls that we respond too. We are all fortunate to have these responders in our County and have the relationship with Campbellsville Fire Rescue on our shared waterway --Mike

By Mike Keltner, Director
Adair County Emergency Management

This Friday, June 12, 2020, has proven a busy day for first responders in and around Adair County. A call of a possible drowning at Mt. Carmel boat ramp (also know as Butler Creek Ramp) was received by Adair E-911 at 12:57PM this afternoon. Emergency responders specializing in technical and dive rescue scrambled to the scene. The body of Paul Wayne Dinkens, a 46 year old male of Columbia was located at 3:08pmCT. Investigation of the death is pending by Adair County Coroner Todd Akin and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officer Cody Berry.

At the same time as the body was recovered, 3:08pmCT, Adair County E-911 received a call of a missing 8-year old male in Eastern Adair County. Personnel Responded from multiple areas and departments to begin search efforts. Arriving Columbia - Adair County Firefighters close to the area began hasty searches within minutes of the initial call. As other responders arrived and began search efforts a call was received by Adair County 911 at 3:49PM by a caller reporting a male juvenile near Highway 206 matching the description of the juvenile. Sheriff's deputies responded from the scene and confirmed that the juvenile was in fact the one reported missing. The male was found safe.



On the initial call of the drowning Adair County EMS, Breeding Fire Technical Rescue Team, Columbia - Adair County Fire Department, Campbellsville Fire - Rescue, Adair County Sheriff Office, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, District 6 Constable, Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan, Kentucky State Police, Adair County Coroner, Kentucky Emergency Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Adair County Emergency Management responded. Barren County Dive Team was on standby for dive services.

"Teamwork between all agencies resulted in providing closure to the family to the family of the deceased in a timely manner and a quick response to a missing child," says, Captian Brandon Harvey, Breeding Fire Department TRT.

As the second call came in the same responders transitioned from dive recovery to ground search with additional responders from Knifley and Burkesville Fire Departments on standby for other calls. Russell County Emergency Management was contacted but was cancelled before deployment of rescue or fire personnel.

Deputy Emergency Manager, Chad Wheet says "We appreciate the support and teamwork between everyone involved in today's response".

Thank you to the observant caller who noticed the male juvenile as being out of place. See something, say something.


This story was posted on 2020-06-12 21:15:25
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2020-06-13 - Adair County, KY - Photo from Mike Keltner, Adair Co. Emergency Management.
An emergency call to Mt. Carmel boat ramp (also know as Butler Creek Ramp) was received by Adair E-911 Friday afternoon. Emergency responders specializing in technical and dive rescue scrambled to the scene. The body of a 46 year old male was located at 3:08pmCT. Investigation of the death is pending by Adair County Coroner, Todd Akin and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officer, Cody Berry.

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