Middletown Excessive Faculty North freshmen Kiernan Foley, 14, was certainly one of 5 teenagers who helped pull out 8-year-old Olivia Heid and her 4-year-old brother R.J. from the chilly water after their sled crashed right into a pond at Beacon Hill Nation Membership within the Atlantic Highlands.
Foley was joined by his 4 mates: Drew Scalice, Joseph Dietrich and Tyler Armagan, all 14, and 15-year-old Ryan Day.
Foley, who mentioned he misplaced his proper boot through the rescue, informed youngsters’s charity Youngsters Who Kare throughout a video interview Saturday that the boys have been “simply on the proper place in the appropriate time, I suppose.”
Foley and his mates have been standing close to the pond once they heard screaming.
“We heard this Dad yelling, ‘Hop off, hop off!'” Foley informed the Patch, which first reported the incident. “We circled and see these children coming down the hill. They have been going backwards.”
Stephanie Irlbeck and Wealthy Heid, the mother and father of the kids rescued, had been watching from the highest of a hill when the siblings’ sled hit a patch of ice and careened over a snowy ridge earlier than touchdown within the partially frozen pond, the outlet reported.
Foley wasted no time and jumped into the water, which was only some toes deep, and started pulling the kids out. His mates shortly shaped a human chain they usually safely introduced the youngsters again onto land.
“Kiernan, I give him all of the credit, he jumped proper in there with none hesitation,” Day mentioned within the video interview. “All of us have been a terrific staff, all of us tagged alongside and saved these children.”
Irlbeck hailed the boys as heroes in a put up on a Middletown, N.J., Fb group.
“Not solely did they cease a probably catastrophic state of affairs they didn’t even need something in return,” she mentioned.
“They have been attempting to calm each of my children down, you possibly can think about how scared the (sic) they have been. Thanks. THANK YOU for having such AMAZING KIDS,” she wrote within the hopes their mother and father would see the message.
The teenagers remained humble through the video interview.
“We hope anybody else would do the very same factor that we did,” Scalice mentioned.