Neighbors save two boys from icy retention pond

Posted at 8:51 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 23:27:34-05

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Neighbors living near a retention pond saved two boys after they fell through the ice Friday evening.

The rescue happened just before 6 p.m. on Holly Hill Lane. Susmita Mishra said one of the boys came knocking on her door; before she could open it, he ran onto the water to get his brother and their dog.

Mishra ran to get another neighbor, Scott Glenn, to help save the boys.

"When I got across the street, the dog and the younger boy were out in the middle, and the older brother was 10 or 12 feet in, and then had fallen through and was struggling to get back," Glenn said.

Mishra was able to reach the older boy, who was closer to the bank.

"I pulled him because he was not too far in the water, so he just treaded for a little bit and came close to me so I could hold his hand and pull him out," she said.

Glenn and three other men threw a garden hose to the younger boy farther out in the pond, pulling him to safety.

"You react, and that’s what happens I guess," Glenn said. "It was an incredible adrenaline rush."

Members of the West Chester Township Fire Department saved the boys' dog, township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said.

The boys were taken to West Chester Medical as a precaution, Wilson said.