Texas Man Uses Monster Truck to Rescue Neighbors During Flood

VStock/Thinkstock(MILLSAP, Texas) -- A Texas man used his monster truck to rescue neighbors in Millsap, Texas, during major flooding that struck the region this past week.

Deborah Wright, a local resident, was trapped in her home on Monday morning when her longtime neighbor and friend Cole Geeo drove through the flooded roads to her rescue.

“The water came up so fast this time and we didn’t have the warning that we usually get," Wright told ABC News. "It just came up so rapidly, it was like somebody was turning on a huge water faucet.”

"Before you know it, here comes Cole who comes riding through all that water to come get me," he added.

The top of Geeo's self-built 1978 Ford F-150 pickup truck is 10 feet off the ground and the tires are 63 inches tall, so he was able to drive down the flooded roads, he told ABC News. Because the monster truck is so tall, Wright said he had to use a ladder to get inside.

All residents of Parker County, Texas were advised on the city website not to drive through flood-waters and to call 911 if trapped by the floods. On Monday, Parker County Judge Mark Riley declared a disaster.

Geeo said he is passionate about using his monster truck for good.

“I drove down the night prior when all the roads were flooded and helped this one husband and wife who were trying to leave. But the water was all the way up to their headlights so they ran off the road,” he said.

"Years ago, this community flooded and my father, who is kind of the reason that I built my monster truck, helped a lot of people out during those floods," Geeo continued.

Wright agreed that the people of the town have a history of coming together to help.

"When I saw him coming across that, what looked like a lake at the time," he said, "it was such an emotional thing for me, that everyone just pitched in and did what they thought they needed to do for our community."

Wright added that the small town has impressed him with how much they take care of each other in these kinds of situations.

"I came here from Fort Worth, the Big City," he said, "and as long as I have been here the community has always gone into action and helped people."

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Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombs

Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombsRuskpp/iStock/Thinkstock(MCLEAN, Va.) -- A Labrador retriever named Lulu has flunked out of bomb-sniffing school after she displayed to her handlers that she was no longer interested in detecting bombs, according to the CIA.

"We are sad to announce that Lulu has been dropped from the program," the CIA announced in a press release Wednesday.

Lulu did not make the cut to graduate with her fellow fall 2017 puppy classmates after she began to show signs that she wasn't interested in sniffing out explosive odors a few weeks into training.

We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. pic.twitter.com/c6lxHPfC09

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

There are a million reasons why a dog has a bad day & our trainers must become doggy psychologists to figure out what will help pups. pic.twitter.com/iaeRpGiSUR

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


Pups often have off days when they're training for such an important job, the CIA said. The issue -- which can often be fixed with more playtime and breaks -- is often temporary.

"After a few days, the trainers work the pup through whatever issue has arisen, and the dog is back eagerly and happily ready to continue training," the CIA said. "But for some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary."

Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


Lulu was no longer motivated to search for explosives and was "clearly not enjoying herself any longer" when motivated to do so with food and play.

"It's imperative that the dogs enjoy the job they’re doing," the CIA said.

Trainers made the "extremely difficult decision" to drop Lulu from the program for her physical and mental well-being, the CIA said.

Lulu's handler adopted her, so she now enjoys cushy work-free days that include playing with his children and sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard. She even has a new friend -- a fellow Labrador retriever -- to hang out with all day.

Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard. pic.twitter.com/WOImM75P1D

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


"We’ll miss Lulu, but this was the right decision for her," the CIA said. "We wish her all the best in her new life."

We’ll miss Lulu, but it was right decision for her & we wish her all the best in her new life!https://t.co/nPZl6YWNKb pic.twitter.com/Mbcr9C7wUY

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

Lulu's handler is still on the search for an explosive detection K-9 partner, the CIA said.

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