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Dramatic south Phoenix water rescue caught on camera

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Phoenix firefighter Terrance Petty. Phoenix firefighter Terrance Petty.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Monsoon storms kept firefighters very busy in south Phoenix on Tuesday night.

About 16 people had to be rescued from their vehicles after getting stuck in floodwater on Dobbins Road.

"(We) saw a lot of water, rushing really fast," said firefighter Terrance Petty. "We saw a lot of people - with motorists stranded on the side of the road."

Perry has been a Phoenix firefighter for eight years and works out of station 57 on Dobbins Road and 17th Ave.

"I've never been in a situation where I actually had to help rescue someone in the water in the monsoon and it was crazy," he said.

Tuesday night, the 37-year-old made his first impromptu swift water rescue.

"It was exciting," Petty said. "It was exhilarating. That's what we get paid to do. That's what I signed up for. And, our training - obviously I wasn't trained to do that - but, I knew I could help the guy. I have this thing called a rescue rope, that extends out a little bit. And, I knew we could get to him if we could maneuver our vehicle kind of to the side of him."

The daring rescue was caught on camera and posted to YouTube.

The video shows a man standing on a silver car that begins to float in the water.

The man then jumps on to engine 57, where Petty pulls him to safety.

"He was really scared," said Petty. "He called his family and told them we rescued him and saved him. His car was still moving as we were passing and he watched his car. He videotaped his car going into the canal a little bit more. He was very thankful for our help."

Firefighters with station 57 also rescued about seven other people caught in floodwater during Tuesday night's storm.

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