The officers, Rhett Hill and Richard Victory, set out Tuesday morning to retrieve the prisoners for trial in Walker County as meteorologists predicted a “light dusting” of snow. As conditions deteriorated rapidly, these officers called for help from Interstate 65.
Walker County Jail Administrator Trent McCluskey said he, the sheriff and various other agencies immediately began working on a plan to ensure the public, the officers and the prisoners were safe.
After the Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were unable to reach the vehicle, Hoover police were finally able to reach them and remove the prisoners. Both prisoners, whose names were not released, were taken to the Hoover City Jail. Hoover police returned later Tuesday night to rescue Hill and Victory and sheltered them overnight in their facilities.
The two officers were finally able return to the Walker County Jail late Wednesday, but the prisoners remain at Hoover’s jail. McCluskey said they will be transported to Walker County once the roads are completely clear of snow and ice.
McCluskey expressed gratitude to the Alabama State Troopers and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for attempting to reach the stranded transport and especially to the Hoover Police Department for its assistance and housing of the officers and inmates.
He also commended how Hill and Victory responded to a situation that could have been much worse.