October 13, 2016 by Tracy Kimbo

A 1000-year flood. Three lives on the line. One act of bravery.

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Industries: 9-1-1 & Law Enforcement

Topics: Community Engagement Disaster Recovery Services

In October 2015, South Carolina experienced a terrifying 1000-year flood. Rain of historic proportions inundated the state for four days. The event caused $12B in damage—22 counties were declared federal disaster areas, countless homes were destroyed, and 17 people lost their lives.

First responders and good samaritans from all across the state answered the call of duty, helping to evacuate citizens and rescue people trapped by the dangerous waters. Among a sea of heroes, one Trooper’s efforts stood out.

With Swift Water Rescue teams blocked by road and bridge closures, State Trooper Gabriel M. Colbert took action and put himself at great risk to fulfill his duty. Trooper Colbert braved swift, neck-deep waters, crossing the expanse of a flooded Interstate unaided, to rescue a mother, her two-year-old daughter and an elderly man.

For his exceptional service, Trooper Colbert was named South Carolina’s Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year. Trooper Colbert and the countless officers across the country who share his integrity, courage and mission, inspire everyone at Motorola Solutions to keep innovating so first responders can be their best in the moments that matter.

We’re forever grateful to the men and women who fulfill their duty when we need them most. Help us honor them by telling their stories with the hashtag #DutyRunsDeep. For every post, the Motorola Solutions Foundation will donate $1 to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Together these funds honor officers who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice and provide resources to families trying to rebuild their lives.




Trooper Gabriel M. Colbert: The “1,000 Year Flood” Rescue – YouTube


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