Aiden Kyle, an eleven-year-old Missouri boy, saved the life of a young girl who was stuck beneath a culvert. Kyle and his three other friends who assisted him were awarded a lifetime supply of burgers from the little girl’s parents’ restaurant, Kenny’s Flipping Burgers, for their bravery.
Kyle and his buddies were splashing around in the water at Hubble Creek, Jackson City Park on May 17th, 2020, when the incident occurred.
“It’s a coincidence that it’s the second time that I’ve seen a friend of mine drowning,” said Kyle, who suddenly realized that a girl who had been playing nearby had disappeared.
“We were all at the park. It was raining and the water was higher, over the bridge, and we were all swimming, splashing and having fun. There was a little girl and we were all wondering where she went,” he added.
Spring rains caused high water levels at a low-water bridge in Jackson City Park, where kids frequently came to play. New at 6 reported that directly beneath that bridge was an open culvert that caused a suction and might suck children right under the bridge, trapping them.
The flow had dragged Kinsley Stuart beneath the bridge.
“I saw her hand on top of the bridge part, so I jumped in and I grabbed on,” recalled Kyle. However, the current was too powerful for him to save her on his own, so he asked for support from his friend Isaiah Randol.
“He was getting sucked in with her, so I jumped in and I grabbed her hand with him and we both pulled,” Isiah stated. “Then the other two boys jumped in and it took four boys to pull this girl out because it was that strong.”
Fortunately, everyone survived the ordeal, and the girl was taken to the hospital. She was then examined and released.
“And my feet were there, and my eyes were open the whole time. I saw green stuff,” Stuart recalled.
Stuart’s mother, Casey Stuart, planned a present for the teenage boys who had rescued her daughter.
“We do want to say thank you to the boys from Kennys. We own Kenny’s flipping burgers. And we want to let you boys know that you guys can eat with us forever, for free. Because there is no amount of money, that can ever be put on what you did,” she said.
Caution warnings and a grid over the culvert were two possible solutions that would be presented at the upcoming city meeting, according to Kent Peetz of Jackson city’s Department of Public Works.