Camera captures fire, EMS crews saving woman pulled from car during tornado


by WHAS11

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 26 at 5:42 PM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Cameras were rolling when firefighters saved a woman, who'd been sucked out of her car by that deadly tornado that hit Henryville and she is now talking about her harrowing story of survival.

The remarkable video showed a crew of volunteer firefighters and EMS workers saving a woman's life in the minutes after the March 2 tornado that demolished much of Henryville.

The crew had been hunkered down in their firehouse during the storm. Once it passed, they sprang to action.

"It's very emotional, cause like I say, we were at the firehouse when the two tornadoes went through, as soon as they went through, we took off,” Mark Furnish, volunteer firefighter, said. “Like I say, until you hit 160 going west and could actually see the school and all the houses gone, you couldn't take everything in. You were looking at it, but you just couldn't understand what you were looking at."

While they were driving on Highway 160 they saw a man flagging them down who told them about a woman in serious trouble. New Albany Real Estate Agent Caroline Tindor had been parked on I-65 under the overpass when the tornado pulled her out of her car with her seat belt and flung her against the interstate on-ramp.

As the firefighters, pulled up to Tindor they were battered by hail.

"I had so much debris in my eyes and down my throat and everything else that I couldn’t really see, but I felt them there and talking to me, trying to keep me calm," Tindor said.

The first responders were cut and bruised.

"I knew the hail came in at a couple of them. They put their own life in danger, they put themselves in harm’s way to save me and, that’s in my opinion, that’s where real heroes are born,” Tindor said. And they’re heroes. They saved me and countless others probably."

Without radio contact the team was forced to load Tindor into their truck and take her back to the firehouse.

"I’ve been blessed,” Tindor said. “I’m a miracle still sitting here that I’m still alive and well cause I have a broken neck and I have the head wounds and every day, I’m grateful that I have another day."

Tindor is staying at her sister's house in Corydon while she heals. She broke her neck and will be in a halo for another couple of months. She doesn't remember being pulled from her car in the storm and says it's still difficult to think back to March 2.

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