The 4th of July weekend kept Giles County Fire and Rescue volunteers as well as a host of emergency personnel from around the county busy with numerous incidents that ranged from grass fires to a water rescue.

GCFR Chief Josh Fralix said that July 3 started off the holiday weekend with three grass fires.

The following day, July 4, a vehicle fire, three vehicle accidents and a grass fire took place. The most serious of the three vehicle accidents involved a single-vehicle motorcycle crash at the Mill Street bridge. The driver was prepared for transport by Giles EMS and flown via AirEvac to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

On July 5, calls went out for one vehicle fire, one lightning strike to a structure and one water rescue.

The water rescue call went out around 6 p.m. Sunday evening when inclement weather caused a pair of kayakers to overturn on the Elk River. The two individuals were stranded on an island and were rescued by Elk River Adventures with the assistance of GCFR members upon their arrival.

Fralix thanked GCFR volunteers as well as all agencies who responded to the weekend’s emergency incidents in working to keep Giles County’s citizens safe.

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