January 2, 2012

Being Prepared: A Man, a Plan, a Gun and a Knife (Passer-by shoots out window, rescues children from upside-down car in icy Utah river)

Who says there's no good news? Who says heros are not always with us?

From left, Kenya Wildman, Mia Andersen and Baylor Andersen pose for a photo Monday, Jan. 2, 2011 in Logan, Utah. The girls were rescued from an overturned car that was submerged in an icy river outside Logan, Utah, on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

"(The driver) was panicked, doing everything he could to get in through the doors, but they wouldn't budge," said Chris Willden, who had jumped into the water with his own father. "I remember thinking to myself, 'You're going to see some dead kids, get ready.' I've got three of my own and it was going to be (an awful) start to the New Year," he added. Willden said he tried unsuccessfully to open windows and doors. He then used his firearm just as he had done in training for his current job as a bodyguard and Department of Defense contractor. He pulled his handgun, pushed it up against the submerged windows and shot out the glass.
One of the girls had found an air pocket and was breathing fine, but was trapped in her seat belt. Willden cut it with a pocket knife and pulled her from the rear passenger window. He said the other two children were lifeless, the boy upside down in his car seat and the second girl floating in the front passenger compartment. Both were pulled from the vehicle. Buzzy Mullahkel, of North Logan, told the Deseret News of Salt Lake City that the boy wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse, but was revived when another passer-by performed CPR. "Emotions started taking over when he started to breathe. Everybody started to cheer. Lots of tears and clapping," said Mullahkel, a father of a 4-year-old. -- Full story at PhotoBlog and at Passers-by rescue children from icy river crash

Chris Willden

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 2, 2012 11:11 PM
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Bravo, Mr. Willden. Some grateful parents and their children will be remembering you in their prayers for the rest of their lives.

Posted by: Jewel at January 2, 2012 11:41 PM

"It's in our family to go out and help others," he said.

Watchful shepherds among the sheep. God bless them all.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh at January 3, 2012 4:36 AM

Odd; I don't recall the use of a knife and gun being mentioned in the national news reports.

Posted by: Svenster at January 3, 2012 6:15 AM

“O it's Tommy this, and Tommy that, and Tommy 'ow's your soul/But it's thin red line of heroes when the drums begin to roll.”
― Rudyard Kipling, The Barrack-Room Ballads and Other Verses

Posted by: BillH at January 3, 2012 8:11 AM

What Joan said.

Posted by: Deborah at January 3, 2012 8:12 AM

"Department of Defense contractor." I didn't think it possible that I could hate Markos Moulitsas Zuniga more than I already do, for his "screw them" comment about the desecrated bodies of the Blackwater contractors who were killed in Iraq, but yes--now I really hate him.

Posted by: Mike James at January 3, 2012 9:45 AM

Wow! What an inspiration.Thank God Chris Wilden was there at the moment needed to rescue those children. A true American hero.

Posted by: Lisa D at January 3, 2012 10:44 AM

How can you leave the house without a pistol? How will you live with yourself if you come across this situation unarmed? It's not just about killing goblins, it's about taking up the responsibility of being a man.

Posted by: Johnny at January 3, 2012 7:22 PM


Four things that piss off Liberaldom !

Posted by: OhioDude at January 4, 2012 3:42 PM

That friends, is an American story. When I was in europe many years ago a young boy was swept away by the current of a river. No one even attempted to save the poor floundering creature, except for one of the GI's I was with who was closest to the boy.

Posted by: Terry at January 4, 2012 4:00 PM