Currituck Fire-EMS recognizes Knotts Island resident for bravery

Published 9:47 am Saturday, June 5, 2021

Currituck County Fire-Emergency Medical Services has recognized a resident of Knotts Island for her bravery and action in helping boaters in distress.

On May 9, 2021 at 8:50 p.m., Station 8 in Knotts Island received a call regarding a boat in distress with five people on board, according to a press release from Currituck Fire-EMS. Reports from the 911 Communications Center indicated that the boat had been swamped by waves and the people on board were attempting to make it to shore.

The weather was overcast and winds were from the south at 15 to 20 knots.

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“Despite dangerous and deteriorating conditions, with no regard for her own safety, Keylen Hodges entered the water and made her way to the boat,” stated the release. “Finding no injuries, she then took control of the vessel from the bowline and pulled the boat to the safety of her dock. This allowed the passengers to exit safely onto land.”

For her bravery beyond the call of duty for a civilian, Currituck County Fire and EMS awarded Hodges a certificate of appreciation presented by Currituck Fire-EMS Chief Ralph Melton and Deputy Chief Richard Lane.

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