Several fire calls were dispatched during the past week from the Rockdale Police Station, two of which involved Rockdale firemen having to extricate passengers from wrecked vehicles in separate crashes on the same day.
At 1:11 p.m. Monday, RVFD was toned out to a one vehicle rollover just south of the US 77/FM 487 intersection.
According to DPS reports, the driver of a Ford Explorer, Elida Gonzalez de Garza, 66, of Alamo, was out of the vehicle when emergency personnel arrived, but her passenger, 74-year-old Rosel Garza had to be extracted from the vehicle by “jaws of life”.
Witnesses said the vehicle rolled several times before coming to a stop upright.
The passenger was transported to Scott & White Hospital by PHI helicopter, with the driver being taken to Scott & White by AMR ambulance.
RVFD was toned to a two vehicle wreck on US 77, two miles north of town, at 4:13 p.m. Monday.
Kenneth Thompson, 70, of Midlothian, was driving a Ford Expedition and pulling a small trailer with an UTV on it, had to be extricated from his vehicle and was transported to Scott & White by AMR.
The other vehicle was driven by Dawn Biar, 43, of Thorndale. She was not hurt in the accident.
RVFD also responded to a grass fire in a ditch on FM 487 10 miles north of Rockdale at 8:50 p.m. Sunday.
At 5:10 p.m. Saturday, Milano VFD was sent to a grass fire along US 79 East, towards Gause.
Rockdale firefighters were sent to a report of smoke on CR 322 at 9:01 p.m. June 5, but it turned out to be a controlled burn.