83-yr-old with prosthetic leg helps rescue kids after crash

AP News
Posted: Sep 28, 2015 3:51 PM

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — An 83-year-old man with a prosthetic leg is being hailed as a hero after helping rescue two small children from a car after it crashed, killing their mother.

The Tampa Bay Times (http://tinyurl.com/o5crydn) reports that Ralph Patterson said he heard the crash and the children's screams in Plant City, Florida, on Sunday.

Patterson told the newspaper he saw a 4-year-old boy hanging out the back broken window of a minivan that had ended up in a ditch. Because the ditch was difficult to reach with his leg, he flagged down a passing motorist. Together he and the motorist retrieved the 1- and 4-year-old brothers.

Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said the youngest boy was ejected from the van and neither child was wearing a seatbelt.

The boys were treated for minor injuries and reunited with their father.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.