Firefighter, deputy recruits help flood victims in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (WAVY) — Some future first responders aren’t wasting anytime helping a Virginia Beach community in need.

Firefighter recruits have been helping flood victims in the Bow Creek neighborhood since Tuesday. The sheriff’s office had recruits out doing the same type of work in the area.

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10 On Your Side found firefighters working alongside Team Rubicon, an emergency response team made up mostly of veterans. They stripped a flooded home in Bow Creek to the studs so the owner could start to recover.

Flood damage to Gary Amick's home in Bow Creek. Photo courtesy: Adam Amick
Flood damage to Gary Amick’s home in Bow Creek. Photo courtesy: Adam Amick

For Gary Amick, it’s been a very long three weeks waiting for insurance or the government to help.

“There are those who do and those who say they’re gong to do and that’s the bottom line,” Amick told

“Their demeanor when we first come on scene is, they’re just happy to see anybody there to help, because a lot of the people we’re helping unfortunately don’t have the means to do it themselves or the equipment, the gear to get in there and start tearing things apart,” firefighter recruit Draper Padgett said of the victims they’ve helped.

Shortly before 10 On Your Side arrived at that home, another helper stopped by to lend a hand. A little boy named Anthony walked up to the house with a bag full of snacks and a bucket of bottled water to thank the crew for what they are doing. His mom says Anthony wants to be a firefighter when he grows up.