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CLAREMORE, Okla. — Captain Jason Farley died during a water rescue Sunday.
Farley was one of seven Claremore Fire Department personnel working to save residents from flash flooding at Archer Court.
Fire Chief Sean Douglas says Farley fell into an area near a storm drain. That’s where he was found Sunday morning.
Lt. Zane James reportedly tried to save Farley when he was pulled into the drain, as well. The flood waters pushed James through the storm drain and he was ejected from a pipe into a fence, where he was able to crawl back to the street, according to KJRH.
Verdigris Fire, Northwest Rogers County Fire, Pafford EMS, Rogers County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies were called in to help look for Farley. Once they realized he was stuck in the storm pipe, the Verdigris Fire Department used heavy equipment to retrieve his body 2 hours after he went missing.
“The Claremore Fire Department is deeply indebted to the Verdigris Fire District for their assistance in such an important and delicate matter,” Douglas said in an emailed statement.
“We mourn Captain Farley’s death and celebrate the life he lived. We are blessed by Lieutenant James’ miraculous survival. Thank you again for the outpouring of support to our department and our families. Thank you for honoring Captain Farley and his family last night.”
Farley’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, May 30 in Claremore. We’ll keep you updated with more details.