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Local firefighters aid in search for missing boy from Louisville

May 6, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

After last Monday’s devastating storms in Northeast Mississippi, firefighters from the West Point Fire Department took part in the search for a missing boy in Louisville.
WPFD firefighters Allen Flynt, Heath Donahoo, Scott Hinnant and Lantz Stewart, who are all trained in over-land search and rescue, went to Louisville on Thursday to aid in the search for 8-year-old Tyler Tucker. Tucker had been missing since Monday, when his parents’ bodies were found.
Tucker’s body was found between 2:30-3 p.m. Thursday in a wooded area 200 yards from where his parents were found.
Flynt said between regional response teams and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, there were more than 200 people from fire departments, sheriff’s departments and police departments from all over the state participating in the search.
“We were looking in an area about a half-mile wide and about a mile long,” Flynt said. “It’s just forming a line and searching in grid patterns.”
He said the search was slow-going, with the teams crawling over downed tress and crawling through creeks.
“There were many times we were on the ground crawling through stuff,” he said. “It was just that kind of search.”
He said the teams were lucky to have found the boy, and they had planned to continue the search through Saturday.
“He could have very easily been in a spot where he couldn’t have been found,” Flynt said. “He could have been under the debris and there’s no way you could have found him, but he was off in a cutover where the trees were thick but there weren’t just downed trees everywhere.”
Donahoo said the search went smoothly and that everybody in the teams were happy to have found Tucker’s body.
“You should have seen everyone’s face when we heard they found the boy, even though he was dead,” Donahoo said. “Everybody was doing their job and it’s unreal how smoothly it went.”
Flynt said the task of searching for a small child wasn’t a pleasant one, and it hit home to him and the other firefighters.

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