Husband remembers rescuing wife after 2017 tornado destroyed the - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Husband remembers rescuing wife after 2017 tornado destroyed their home

An EF-3 tornado destroyed the Irelands' home in Turner Co. (Source: WALB) An EF-3 tornado destroyed the Irelands' home in Turner Co. (Source: WALB)
Scotty Ireland rescued his wife. (Source: WALB) Scotty Ireland rescued his wife. (Source: WALB)
The tornado trapped Tammy Ireland inside their collapsed home. (Source: WALB) The tornado trapped Tammy Ireland inside their collapsed home. (Source: WALB)
The Irelands' new home is more than 50 percent complete. (Source: WALB) The Irelands' new home is more than 50 percent complete. (Source: WALB)
TURNER CO., GA (WALB) -

The same EF-3 tornado that ripped through Dougherty and Worth Counties on January 22, 2017, hit Turner County as well.

It damaged some homes that had already been impacted by the straight-line wind storm on January 2.

Scotty Ireland, a now-retired Turner County Sheriff's deputy, got a phone call while on duty on January 22 that changed his life forever.

"My cell phone went off and it was my sister-in-law and brother," Ireland said, but it was the call that came after he heard his brother and sister-in-law were trapped when reality sank in.

"It was just, it was bad. Just that thought," Ireland described.

"I heard them say, 'Doles and Arabi, watch out. You have 10 minutes,' and the TV went off," said Tammy Ireland, Scotty's wife.

The deputy got a call from his mother-in-law that the EF-3 tornado had not only destroyed his home, but it had also trapped his wife of nearly 10 years inside.

"I could hardly talk on the radio to tell them where I was out at. My heart nearly stopped," Scotty told WALB News 10 just days after the tornado.

MORE: Turner deputy rescues his wife, trapped inside destroyed home

His wife was on the phone with her father when the tornado hit.

"It sounded like rocks in a drum, and glass spinning around," Tammy described. "I said, 'Oh God, Daddy, here it comes.' I got in the closet and got the pillow over my head, and I could hear all the sounds of the house ripping."

After dodging downed trees and power lines as he drove to his house, Tammy's husband crawled through sheetrock and rafters to rescue her.

She got out without a scratch.

"I know that I am blessed because there's no way I should have walked out of the house," Tammy explained.

The Irelands' home was one of more than 30 in Turner County destroyed that day.

Now, one year later, what the couple went through still weighs heavy.

"I can't even ride in the car if it's storming," Tammy said. "There's daily reminders of what I went through and what others went through, but it's also a reminder that I'm still here to be able to see that."

With that reminder comes new hope for this couple.

"I want some good memories to overtake the bad memories," said Tammy.

The family's new house is more than halfway complete. They hope to move in around three months from now. The first item moved in is one of the only items left untouched by the storm.

"Our sand that we poured into the bottle when we got married was sitting in this entertainment center," Scotty said in 2017.

Now, it will sit on their new mantle as a reminder of where this couple has been, and where they'll go.

"I think it was just a sign that we were just meant to have a happily-ever-after story," explained Tammy.

Ireland said he and his wife hope to install a storm shelter close to their home in the near future.

Copyright 2018 WALB. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Corn hole tournament to help revitalize downtown Pelham

    Corn hole tournament to help revitalize downtown Pelham

    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:55 AM EDT2018-04-22 04:55:46 GMT
    The Southwest Georgia ACL regional tournament was put on by the Pelham Main Street program. (Source: WALB)The Southwest Georgia ACL regional tournament was put on by the Pelham Main Street program. (Source: WALB)
    The Southwest Georgia ACL regional tournament was put on by the Pelham Main Street program. (Source: WALB)The Southwest Georgia ACL regional tournament was put on by the Pelham Main Street program. (Source: WALB)

    A regional corn hole tournament is helping one Southwest Georgia city bring life and a new look to their downtown area.   The City of Pelham held the Southwest American Cornhole League (ACL) Regional tournament to raise funds to revitalize their downtown. =

    More >>

    A regional corn hole tournament is helping one Southwest Georgia city bring life and a new look to their downtown area.   The City of Pelham held the Southwest American Cornhole League (ACL) Regional tournament to raise funds to revitalize their downtown. =

    More >>
  • Pretoria Fields and local family work together to raise awareness for autism

    Pretoria Fields and local family work together to raise awareness for autism

    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:39 AM EDT2018-04-22 04:39:34 GMT
    The Cutliff family partnered with a host of organizations for the 'Anyone for Autism'. (Source: WALB)The Cutliff family partnered with a host of organizations for the 'Anyone for Autism'. (Source: WALB)
    The Cutliff family partnered with a host of organizations for the 'Anyone for Autism'. (Source: WALB)The Cutliff family partnered with a host of organizations for the 'Anyone for Autism'. (Source: WALB)

    The family of an adult struggling with Autism, is helping raise money to bring awareness to the disorder and other individuals with special needs in the Albany area. Pretoria Fields hosted an 'Anyone for Autism' Concert organized by Jimon Cutliff and his family.  

    More >>

    The family of an adult struggling with Autism, is helping raise money to bring awareness to the disorder and other individuals with special needs in the Albany area. Pretoria Fields hosted an 'Anyone for Autism' Concert organized by Jimon Cutliff and his family.  

    More >>
  • Southern Soul Music Festival doubles attendees from last year

    Southern Soul Music Festival doubles attendees from last year

    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-04-22 04:31:41 GMT
    Young Buck Entertainment hosted their second annual Southern Soul Music Festival at the Exchange Fairgrounds in Albany. (Source: WALB)Young Buck Entertainment hosted their second annual Southern Soul Music Festival at the Exchange Fairgrounds in Albany. (Source: WALB)
    Young Buck Entertainment hosted their second annual Southern Soul Music Festival at the Exchange Fairgrounds in Albany. (Source: WALB)Young Buck Entertainment hosted their second annual Southern Soul Music Festival at the Exchange Fairgrounds in Albany. (Source: WALB)

    Hundreds filled the Albany Exchange Club Fairgrounds Saturday, for a night of music and dance.  Young Buck Entertainment hosted its 2nd annual Southern Soul Music Festival.  

    More >>

    Hundreds filled the Albany Exchange Club Fairgrounds Saturday, for a night of music and dance.  Young Buck Entertainment hosted its 2nd annual Southern Soul Music Festival.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly