Schoolchildren jump fence to save babies from swimming pool


TOPEKA, Kansas (KSNT) – It was a normal day for Braden, 11, and Jayden Harper, 10, as they helped their aunt, Brittany, clean her vehicle at a car wash in Junction City, Kansas.

Normal, until they hear the first screams.

“At first we thought it was just kids playing on the trampoline or in a pool because it was a pretty hot day. Then the screams just got louder and more intense, ”said Jayden Harper.

After hearing the screams of a house next to the car wash, they decided to peek over the fence to get a better look. They discovered the sound was coming from two young children, twins aged 6 to 18 months, barely floating above the water surface of a backyard swimming pool.

“I ran and tried to jump the fence. Braden is already done, so I got someone to help me through the fence, ”Jayden said.

Once the boys got through the fence, they ran to rescue the children from the pool, then kept them busy until the police arrived at the scene. Fortunately, the two young children were doing well thanks to the brave young boys and their actions.

“They were recognized at school for being heroes,” said Brittany Harper, the boys’ aunt. “The police department is supposed to recognize them as well. “

It is not known how the babies ended up in the pool unsupervised and why they weren’t removed sooner. The boys and their aunt said the babies were swinging up and down near the edge of their pajamas on their feet.

“I felt sad that the babies had to go through this,” said Braden Harper. “But, relief that we took them out.”


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