VIDEO: Man Says He'll Sue Firefighters Who Saved Him From Floodwater

After firefighters rescued Terry Hill from swift water on Monday morning, he threatened to sue them for saving him.

Houston, TX – Firefighters rescued a homeless man who was clinging to a railing Monday morning in Brays Bayou and he thanked them by hurling insults and threatening to sue them (video below).

Houston Fire Department District Chief James Watson said that Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) cameras spotted 55-year-old Terry Hill clinging to a walkway railing near State Highway 288 and MacGregor Way at about 7:20 a.m. on June 24 and called the fire department, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Hill lived underneath the bridge along the bayou and was caught off guard when huge storms rolled into Houston overnight.

He built a raft of sorts out of his possessions and was attempting to secure it to the railing of the submerged walkway when the fire department arrived to help him, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The swift water rescue was captured by both the DOT cameras and news cameras who were quickly on scene to cover the emergency.

When the fire department first arrived, they threw ropes to Hill but he tied them off on the railing and refused to get out of the water.

"He was trying to protect everything he had," Chief Watson said. "Ultimately, the most important thing is his life.”

Hill was not cooperative with his rescuers and continued to try and tie his makeshift raft to the railing instead of taking the lifeline that had been thrown to him, the video showed.

So fire officials decided to put a rescuer in the water to help Hill.

Video showed as a firefighter in wet gear made his way through the violent current to Hill’s side and handed him a life belt to put around himself.

But Hill refused to secure the life belt so he could be safely rescued, the video showed.

The firefighter tried to get Hill to cooperate and told him that he wasn’t going to let either of them drown that day, but the man could not be convinced to cooperate in his own rescue.

That’s when fire officials sent a second rescuer into the swift current to help the first firefighter complete the rescue.

The video showed the second firefighter was able to climb up onto the railing and secure the life belt around Hill, and then finally the man began to make his way across the fast-moving water.

When firefighters first started pulling Hill and he felt the pressure of the water rushing against him, the man began yelling at the firefighters to “Pull! Pull!”

When he got to the other side, the firefighters fished him out of the water and to safety, the video showed.

The man showed absolutely no appreciation for the risk his rescuers had taken on his behalf.

"I really wasn't stuck," Hill told the Houston Chronicle. "I would've managed."

Instead of thanking the first responders who had put their own lives on the line to help get Hill out of the water, the man became outraged as his raft of personal belongings broke free from its tenuous mooring on the railing and floated free down the bayou in the raging storm waters.

“I ain’t got nothing else to do right now but sue you all,” Hill told his rescuers as KPRC filmed the interaction.

Watch firefighters rescue the man from the water in the video below:

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LynnSB
LynnSB

Now the Police and Fire Departments should carry a Release for people to sign befor they help them -- and this guy -- F*ck him let him Drown

DocRyder
DocRyder

You have to understand many, if not most, homeless suffer from varying degrees of mental illness. The bundle he was trying to save represented his entire life - to him. This man is not able to see the world as "normal" people do. The fire fighters maybe could have saved his possessions as well.

K-9 319
K-9 319

Yup, another entitled person. These people make me sick. Just ungrateful sons of bit**es.

61mouse
61mouse

Wow they bitch when we save them, and bitch when we "supposably " kill them . Make up your fucking minds

OldVet
OldVet

Homeless by choice. Probably had significant cash on him. Police friends here tell me about finding subjects like this panhandling and they have same on them. Many travel in groups. No taxes, no work, no wish for either.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Should of just let him go...oops bah bye you ungrateful pos !

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Wow! I was SO shocked to see the idiot, I mean, victim here is a card carrying member of the 13%. Way to represent. (sarcasm)

djvd
djvd

You just can't help some people and some just aren't worth the effort. Surely the "case" will be thrown out.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

just like an undersized fish ....they should have thrown him back .

Big John61
Big John61

Unappreciative a-hole......not surprising at all. This is why I don't give homeless people a damned thing. Most of them are the most F'd up people on earth.

DNW
DNW

Maybe his pride is smarting a bit at having to be saved, in addition to the high possibility that he's mentally impaired. Usually those out on the streets are there because they are ill. I'm sure first responders are prepared to deal with all kinds in their line of work.

pixiepup
pixiepup

I just don’t think u can do anything for stupid. That was so nice of fire rescuers to work so hard to save such an ungrateful man.

Slapout Nana Of 13
Slapout Nana Of 13

God bless him he lost everything he owes. Please Pray For Him

rds40
rds40

I feel for the guy who just lost what little he had but I'd bet it can be replaced.

Is he any different from those on a crashed airliner refusing to go until they get their carryons?

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

**** FAKE NEWS ****

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

If they cared they would help this man. However, police will fine him and lock him up calling him names to fit their BS Agendas. Welcome to the USA a War Profiteering Country that does not give a fuck about anyone else.

Janken
Janken

Well that is to bad they didn't know sooner. I think the guys should sue him for putting their lives in danger

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Black again. Thought he might hit the ghetto lottery

annamarie65
annamarie65

if he didnt want to be helped maybe he should have let go of the railing...maybe the next time he really needs help they wont show up...conveniently.