Charleston International Airport Transportation Security Officer Tommy Wooten came to the rescue when Hurricane Matthew left a former TSA employee stranded. Tim Sedgewick’s home in Moncks Corner, S.C., was without power and the water in the front yard was rising. In addition to his wife and two children (one an infant), Sedgewick’s mother-in-law and a blind dog were in the home. Wooten borrowed a small boat from his brother and paddled through almost five feet of water to rescue them.
Charleston Federal Security Director Stephen Corey said, “TSO Wooten provides all of us an excellent example of service and commitment. He embodies what we all strive to achieve, a strong purpose of protection, safety and security. We are proud to have him as a member of our South Carolina team!”
It was no big deal to Wooten, who friends say is a humble guy, though he was surprised at the strength of the current. After the rescue Wooten said to the Sedgewick family, “Once a TSO, always a TSO.”