A group of New Jersey teens have been dubbed heroes by their local community after saving two young children who had fallen into an icy pond while sledding.
The five high school freshmen had been heading home Thursday after sledding at the Beacon Hill Country Club in Middletown when they noticed the two children flying into the pond.
The rescuing teens were identified as: Tyler Armagan, Ryan Day, Joseph Dietrich, Kieran Foley and Drew Scalice.
Eight-year-old Olivia Heid and her four-year-old brother RJ were barreling down the hill as their father yelled for them to jump off, a 14-year-old Foley explained to CNN.
The five high school freshmen had been heading home Thursday after sledding at the Beacon Hill Country Club in Middletown. From right, Tyler Armagan, Ryan Day, Kieran Foley, Drew Scalice and Joseph Dietrich
Eight-year-old Olivia Heid and her four-year-old brother RJ (center) were barreling down the hill as their father yelled for them to jump off. The pair pictured with their parents Richard Heid and Stephanie Irlbeck
‘They just went so fast right down the hill,’ Foley explained, adding that the pair ‘really didn’t see it coming’ as their backs were facing away from the bottom of the hill.
Foley and the others jumped into action, forming a human chain so that they could retrieve the two kids from the pond.
‘I knew it wasn’t that deep, the water, so I just picked them up and brought them to the side of the pond to get them as warm as possible,’ Foley added.
The boys – all in the same Boys Scout troop – consoled the children once they were safely out of the water.
‘The boys jumped in … and they all formed a chain, and they handed them out as quickly as possible,’ Irlbeck said
‘All I can remember is seeing the kids come down,’ Scalise said. ‘When we went to the car they started to cry … but Ryan was trying to calm the kids down, asking them what they wanted for Christmas, all that type of stuff.’
Parents Richard Heid and Stephanie Irlbeck expressed their thanks to the group for ‘their courage and bravery.’
‘The boys jumped in … and they all formed a chain, and they handed them out as quickly as possible,’ Irlbeck said to 6ABC.
‘I’m grateful that it’s a good, positive impact on everyone’s life and the kids were safe and no one got hurt,’ Foley added.
Irlbeck went to Facebook to express her thanks to the group