BELL CROSSING – Em Kendrick describes the scene as just another Sunday at the Bell Crossing swim hole. About 35 people were playing in the water, many with kids. Some were lounging and others giggling and squealing in jest.
“People were just mellow and all of a sudden a little girl you hear her really hollering and then I hear a mom yell ‘Help!’ ” Kendrick said.
Kendrick said she looked around to see a mother struggling to keep her daughter above the water in a deep spot. Both were dunking below the river. Kendrick said she and a friend started rushing to get her children out of the water so they could help, but another man got there first.
“Some guy, like really just a Joe-Schmo kind of guy, just charged into the water,” she said.
The man grabbed the young girl so she was above the water and told the mother to float on her back. He got them both back to shore and helped them calm down.
What surprised Kendrick the most was that no one beyond this man had really tried to help.
“People were literally just watching from the sidelines,” she said.
After the incident, both involved parties parted ways. He returned to friends and the mother and daughter to family.
Kendrick said she went up to thank the man. His humble response was a simple, “Thanks, I tried. I tried my best.”
Kendrick didn’t get the man’s name, but wanted to share his heroic story.
“They would have drowned and he went in and grabbed them,” she said. “Whoever the person was who jumped in and saved those two lucky people had a lot of courage.”
If anyone has information regarding the mother and daughter or the man who saved them, call Lindsey Galipeau at 363-3300 or email at email@example.com.