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WATCH: Teen rescues girls from pond after horse alerts her to danger

WLWT
Updated: 1:58 PM EST Feb 3, 2021
 
JACKSONBURG, Ohio —

Brookelynn Pruitt gave her horse, Oliver, a lot of extra love Monday afternoon.

"C'mon Olly. Good boy," she said as she called him over to show off his braids.

Brookelynn, 13, was braiding Oliver's mane Friday evening when he started getting anxious.

"I'm looking around like, 'What is he scared about?'" Brookelynn said.

In the distance, Brookelynn saw two young neighbors — Nevadah and Hope — on the frozen pond near her home in Ohio.

"I seen them running around the pond slipping, sliding, just playing," Brookelynn said. "So, I thought it's probably a good idea to check on them. I had a bad feeling something was going to happen."

As Brookelynn approached the pond, she said she heard ice starting to break. Then she saw Hope fall in followed by Nevadah.

"My friend, she was going out toward the middle, and she went in," 10-year-old Nevadah said. "So, I went out to try and save her but then I fell in, too."

Brookelynn said she used common sense and and knew what to do from watching National Geographic.

"I ran in there flailing around, and I told them, 'You guys got to stand still. You've got to hang on to the edge of the ice. I'll come get you,' and I broke a path through instead of walking out and getting caught in a hole. I knew I had to break a path through to them so I had a clear way to swim them back," Brookelynn said. "When I got to them, they were freaking out a bit still. So, I told the oldest one to grab on to me and I'd hold on to her, and the oldest one grabbed on to the little one. So, it was like a little chain."

Brookelynn said as she swam closer to the bank, her feet went numb.

"I just kept telling myself, 'Keep swimming' and hoping my body listened," Brookelynn said.

The rescue was a success.

"By the time I swam them back, no one was hurt besides a couple cut up hands and some blue toes," Brookelynn said.

Brookelynn walked the girls home then ran to her own house.

"The first thing I saw, she was completely drenched and her boots, the water was sloshing out. Her hands were covered in blood. She was hysterical and could barely talk," said Brenda Pruitt, Brookelynn's mother. "All I could get out of her was, 'They fell through the ice and I had to save them. I had to save them."

Pruitt said it still makes her stomach turn thinking about what Brookelynn and the girls went through, but she's also proud of her daughter.

"It's a proud parent moment for sure to think at her age, she was able to keep it together and save somebody else," Pruitt said.

Brookelynn said she wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

"It's inhumane of you not to go save someone. You can't just leave them there," she said.

"She's a hero, and she's amazing," Nevadah said.

Watch the video above to learn more about this story.                                                                                                                                                                                           SEE VIDEO      ;         https://www.wtae.com/article/watch-teen-rescues-girls-from-pond-after-horse-alerts-her-to-danger/35393108

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13-year-old honored after rescuing girls from icy pond

WLWT
Updated: 12:25 PM EST Feb 22, 2021
 
 
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio —

An Ohio teenager was honored with an award over the weekend for her heroic actions after she saved her young neighbors from icy waters.

Earlier this month, Brookelynn Pruitt entered icy waters in Butler County, Ohio, to save her young neighbors who fell into a pond.

Pruitt, 13, was braiding her horses' mane when he started getting anxious.

"I'm looking around like, 'What is he scared about?'" Pruitt said.

In the distance, Pruitt saw two young neighbors — Nevadah and Hope — on the frozen pond.

"I seen them running around the pond slipping, sliding, just playing," Pruitt said. "So, I thought it's probably a good idea to check on them. I had a bad feeling something was going to happen."

As Pruitt approached the pond, she said she heard ice starting to break. Then she saw Hope fall in, followed by Nevadah.

"My friend, she was going out toward the middle, and she went in. So, I went out to try and save her but then I fell in too," said 10-year-old Nevadah.

Pruitt said she used common sense and lessons she learned from watching National Geographic and knew what to do.

"I ran in there flailing around, and I told them, 'You guys got to stand still. You've got to hang on to the edge of the ice. I'll come get you,' and I broke a path through instead of walking out and getting caught in a hole. I knew I had to break a path through to them so I had a clear way to swim them back," Pruitt said.

"When I got to them, they were freaking out a bit still. So, I told the oldest one to grab on to me and I'd hold on to her, and the oldest one grabbed on to the little one. So, it was like a little chain."

Pruitt said as she swam closer to the bank, her feet went numb.

"I just kept telling myself, 'Keep swimming' and hoping my body listened," Pruitt said.

The rescue was a success.

"By the time I swam them back, no one was hurt besides a couple cut up hands and some blue toes," Pruitt said.

Pruitt walked the girls home then ran to her own house.

Russell Beckner watched Pruitt's story on sister station WLWT and was stunned by the teen's quick thinking and resourcefulness.

"My wife and I said 'wow, that's not far from us,'" Beckner said.

Beckner and his wife teach farm safety programs, with farm ponds being part of their curriculum.

After watching the story, Beckner said he wanted to do something about it.

"We decided to see if we could somehow recognize, celebrate what this young lady did," Beckner said.

Pruitt was honored Sunday with a certificate for her lifesaving efforts. Her two young neighbors were standing by her side as she received the award.

"I'm glad I got to see Hope and Nevada again," Pruitt said.                                                                             SEE VIDEO    ;    https://www.wtae.com/article/13-year-old-honored-after-rescuing-girls-from-icy-pond/35587641

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she did........... but she had a plan.....and it worked this time


To achieve the title of old and wise, you must first be young and dumb :P

 

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