UPDATED @ 8:04 PM w/ Scene Pictures About Ethan And The Rescue Of 5 Year Old Held Hostage For 5 DaysRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 04 2013 6:34 PM
DALE COUNTY: Just a few minutes ago agents of the FBI hit the bunker when Jimmy Lee Dykes has been holding young Ethan hostage since last Tuesday afternoon.
Following the raid young Ethan was placed in Ozark EMS Ambulance and transported, non emergency, to the Emergency Department of Flowers Hospital in Dothan. The ambulance was followed by one Alabama State Trooper. On the arrival to the emergency room many Dothan Police Officers and some Dale County Sheriff Deputies were on the scene as was Flowers Hospital security.
On the arrival to the emergency department Ozark EMS went to a side door and not to the main entrance of the Emergency Room. The ambulance medics were casual and calm and not in a medical hurry in racing young Ethan into the hospital. Young Ethan was on a stretcher sitting up.
During the ride to the hospital as I could see in the back window of the ambulance all appeared calm.
Press Conference of Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson, ABI, FBI and Department of Public Safety
A press conference was held on the scene of the incident in Dale County. The press conference was a joint conference with Sheriff Olson, FBI, the Colonel of Alabama Department of Public Safety and ABI.
The group took no questions.
The law enforcement officers said the suspect, Jimmy Lee Dykes, was seen last night holding a weapon in his hand. Today at around 3 PM FBI Agents produced explosives, believed to be flash bangs which produce loud noise and bright light flashes, and made entry into the bunker. Young 5 year old Ethan was rescued from the bunker alive. Young Ethan was loaded into an Ozark EMS ambulance and transported to Flowers Hospital in Dothan. The ambulance was followed by an Alabama State Trooper. Both the ambulance and State Trooper were driving casual and calm.
The law enforcement officers said the suspect, Jimmy Lee Dykes, died in rapid rescue of young Ethan.
The law enforcement officers refused to take any questions
Looking into the back of the ambulance windows the medics appeared to be very calm and the activity in the back of the ambulance appeared calm.
The ambulance and State Trooper turned onto John D. Odom Road and traveled into the back of Flowers Hospital. The ambulance crew did not go into the normal entrance of the Emergency Department but into an entrance south of the main door. Exiting the ambulance with young Ethan and the medics was a man in cammo which appeared to be a law enforcement officer.
In the parking lot of Flowers Hospital was a number of Dothan Police Officers and Flowers Hospital Security. A perimeter was established and the area of the emergency department was cleared.
Young Ethan was sitting up on the stretcher. The entry into the hospital by the medics was one calmness and they did not appear to be in a hurry.
Law Enforcement is expected to hold a press conference at a later time, possibly Tuesday.
Sheriff Wally Olson
Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson has not left this scene since his arrival on Tuesday about 3:50 PM as he arrived running lights and siren. Early on Sheriff Olson said to the community, please pray for Ethan.
GOD answers prayers. HE answered prayers in Ethan’s safety, and the safety of all of the law enforcement and support persons involved in this operation.
To the Poland Family, Mr. Chuck, is a community hero for his actions in preventing more children from getting injured or killed. THANKS to your husband, father, grandfather for his willingness to lay down his life for the protection of the most precious assets we have…our children.