Unusual rescue shows strong efforts

Jan. 09, 2013 @ 05:15 AM

It might be billed as one of the most unusual stories to hit the pages of The Daily Courier.

On Tuesday, the paper reported a story about the rescue of a 2,000-pound cow from a residential pool.

The incident happened on Monday afternoon in the Green Hill area of Rutherford County.

According to witnesses, the cow and a bull were "spooked by a dog" and ran from the pasture they were contained in.

The residents of the home on Maple Creek Road came home to sounds around their pool and a cow trapped in the canvas cover of the pool.

One of the homeowners actually entered the pool with a pair of scissors in an attempt to cut the cow out of the canvas. During the process, that homeowner — Linda Lewis — also held the cow's head above the water until emergency personnel could arrive.

That is extraordinary and Lewis should be commended for her efforts.

In addition, members of the Green Hill Fire Department arrived on the scene to help get the animal from its captivity.

According to the story, a total of 10 men assisted with pulling the cow out of the water until it was able to walk up the steps of the pool and to safety.

Lewis and the firefighters braved below-freezing temperatures in the pool to rescue the cow, which is something else that should be commended.

Needless to say, the experience from Monday afternoon is something that rarely happens, least of all here in Rutherford County.

We can only imagine the surprise that Lewis and the Green Hill firefighters had when they arrived to see a cow trapped in a swimming pool.

However, to all of their credit, they used their heads and their strength to save a cow.

To show humane compassion and caring for an animal is something that we just don't see everyday. In fact, there are a lot of times we see stories where neglect of animals is commonplace.

And that is unfortunate and tragic.

However, the story from Monday shows, not just ingenuity and bravery of local emergency personnel and residents, but that compassion for an animal is there and these individuals put themselves in harms way to save a cow.

As we have said before, all those involved in the rescue are to be commended.

In addition, perhaps a overlying story is that the caring for an animal in danger is not just something we see or read about in other areas of the country.

We saw it right here … in Rutherford County.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark