Bassist Recalls Rescuing Girl Stranded In Flood - WSMV News 4

Bassist Recalls Rescuing Girl Stranded In Flood


Of all the stirring images that unfolded live on TV during last May's flood, this may be one of the most memorable: A girl stranded on her car in Belle Meade found help from a stranger.

Emergency personnel were blocking off every treacherous intersection they could get to, but they couldn't get to everywhere.


Harding Place was closed and blocked on both ends, but Lynnwood Boulevard was open, and that's where two people almost drove to their death.


Nashville musician Cannon Kinnard, the bassist in the rock band Slow Motion Centerfold, was out taking pictures of the flood. He said he has a reckless personality.


"So I got out of the water and went over to the fire department people, and I was, like, 'Hey, might want to go help those people that are about to get swept out into the creek or whatever.' It was, like, a river at that point," said Kinnard. "They said they were waiting on a boat, and I didn't think that was such a good idea."


So I just asked (emergency personnel) if I could go out there and try to help them, and they said no, of course," said Kinnard. "So I told the firemen, I was, like, you know, 'I'm going out into the water, and you can arrest me, I guess, when I get back to shore.'"


The first time Kinnard went in, he sunk in over his head and tried to grab a tree to escape. The second time he went in, he picked a better path and made it to a car.


He grabbed a 10-year-old girl who was petrified of the water. Kinnard said the girl couldn't swim.


While dozens looked on, and while thousands watched on live TV, Kinnard went back again and brought out a 21-year-old woman."


What I did that day, I thought should have been normal," said Kinnard. "I think to not help another person who is about to die, potentially, is a disgrace."


Kinnard said he has one regret: He didn't get the names of those two people he rescued. He said he would love to reconnect and see how they are doing one year later.

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