NEW MARKET, Md. -- If you pick up the latest edition of the Frederick News Post, you'll see a photograph of a firefighter making rescues. There's a red hue from the nearby firetruck, and water is everywhere. In the center of the frame, there is a firefighter, with a child over his shoulder.
That is Derek White.
"I don't feel like a hero," he laughed, as he spoke with WUSA9 outside the fire hall on Thursday afternoon. "I just did what we're supposed to do."
The rescues, captured in the photograph, took place on Tuesday night, as rain caused a flash flood in town. White said it all started when three cars got stuck in the water.
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"The engines quit in the water," he said. "So the people just needed to be rescued from the water to safety. So we carried them to one of the Metro buses, and away they went."
Deputy Chief William Kennedy joined WUSA9 for the interview, and said White acted as any firefighter would.
"It was a cool photo," he laughed. "That's for sure. But we don't think of ourselves as heroes. We're trained to do a job,.. We do what we have to do. That's what we're here for."
With more flooding on the way for Friday, the duo had a warning for other drivers.
"People are not heeding the warnings," said Kennedy. "And they're (driving) through the running water. That's not what you want to do. Running water is very dangerous. It takes about six inches to stall a car out. About a foot to move it."