Teen Boys Rescue Girls

5:51 PM, May 25, 2011   |    comments
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ANGOLA, NY - May 19th was a warm, sunny day at a village park in Angola.

Margaret Youngs, 13, and Julia Fuhrman, 11, decided to wade in the waters of Big Sister Creek.

"We took a step in and it went really deep and the current took us away," said Youngs.

"We were scared and I was all shaking," said Fuhrman.

They grabbed onto a branch, and screamed for help. Luckily they weren't the only ones in the park that day. There was a group of boys playing basketball. Three of them ran to help.

"I didn't even think about it, it was like an instinct," said Phoenix Johnson, one of the boys.

Phoenix and his friend Codie jumped in the creek.

"I just caught a grip on a rock and tried to get over there and it was probably waist deep I would say," said Codie Taylor.

"I see Cody running, taking his shoes off and I'm trying to figure out what to do I call the cops," said Scott Dingeldey, one of the boys who helped rescue the girls that day.

"It takes a special person to put your life in danger to rescue someone else," said Ernest Masullo, Evans Town Police Chief.

Masullo says professionals need to be doing the water rescues, but admires the boys for what they felt they needed to do.

"I think they're just heroes," said Julia Fuhrman.

"I really don't think I'm a hero, I just think I was the right person in the right place to go help them," said Phoenix Johnson.

None of these kids will ever look at Big Sister Creek the same way again and the big brothers of sorts who came to the rescue that day will always be remembered for what they did.

The Evans Police Department, which patrols that Angola park, will present all three of the boys with heroism awards this Thursday during the Evans Town Board meeting. All three teenagers and the two girls they rescued will be there.

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