Tennessee boys went viral after risking their lives on the highway at night to save a 3-year-old girl.
Dalaurence Holland, 15, and Zech Krinjnic, 13, from Mount Juliet, received a shower of accolades after their brave and selfless actions went popular on the Internet. Mount Juliet officials even awarded them with a key to the city in recognition of their good actions.
“Everything in my mind just dropped,” Holland recalled the event. “My mind went clear, and I was focused on getting the kid.”
“A truck was coming up the hill, and right before it would have hit her, he scooped her up and ran out into the middle of both roads,” Krinjnic said of his friend.
“We just jumped out in front of the truck. We didn’t look both ways. We just jumped.” Krinjnic went on to say, according to SBLY Shareably.
The reason why the little girl was walking on the highway alone was unclear, but her parents were interviewed by police after the horrifying moment.
Before the incident occurred, Holland and Krinjnic were sitting on Krinjnic’s porch talking late one night.
They were surprised to see a shape emerge from the shrubs below at approximately 10:15 p.m.
“We were sitting on my porch up there, and then we were talking about clowns and stuff,” Krinjnic recalled. “And then, all of a sudden, we see this thing out in the middle of the road.”
The teens felt curious and wanted to investigate further.
“When I saw it, I thought it was a fox or some other kind of animal.” Holland said.
“I didn’t want anything to end up dead.” he added.
The two dashed towards the animal in the hopes of saving it.
However, they soon realized it was not an animal at all. Instead, it was a 3-year-old girl who was heading for the highway.
The young child was utterly alone. Worse still, a truck was heading straight for her.
“I was like, ‘There’s a truck. That’s a little girl. I’m going to grab it.” Holland stated his thoughts at that time.
Seconds before the oncoming truck would have hit the baby, Holland rushed in and got her to safety.
The teenage boys consider themselves very lucky to have saved a life.
“Joy,” Holland exclaimed when asked how he felt following the incident. “I just started crying and was like, ‘Oh my God, we just did something incredible.'”
“They’re good boys, and they deserve to be recognized,” said Holland’s grandmother, Lisa Coffman, expressing her delight that the boys are being recognized for their actions.
“It’s good for us to be known for the good things.” said Holland, adding that he felt “great.” “It’s good for us good kids to be recognized, too.”