Winchester, Or (KMTR) A community is celebrating four young boy’s bravery after pulling a woman out of her wrecked car when she missed a turn and crashed into a creek.
Barbara Roenicke was driving home Wednesday south on highway 99 when she swerved off the road and landed about four feet deep in a muddy creek.
She says at first she didn't think it was that bad. It was dark, and she couldn't see how far her car had gone off the road. She says she tried to simply walk away.
“When I opened my car door I instantly went about knee high in water,” says Roenicke, “and I thought well, this is not going to work."
Without a cell phone, she says she could see the street, and yelled for help, but no one driving could see or hear her.
“Then I saw these little boys ride by on their bicycles and I yelled to them.” Roenicke says Kane Smith, Dylan Toft, Heath Lethlin, and Chris Sanchez were riding their bikes home when she caught their attention
“We heard her yelling so we stopped and went down there,” Smith says.
They immediately got to work trying to rescue Roenicke.
“I was kind of nervous at first thinking we couldn't get her out,” Smith says.
Roenicke says they kept at it, through the cold and the mud.
"The little one managed to get in though the car and I guess he must have gone in through the water," says Roenicke.
Once the boys got her out safely, they flagged down a car to call for help.
"If it wasn't for them I don't know how I would have got out,” says Roenicke. She says stories of young kids doing good things shouldn’t be so rare.
“You just don't hear about good kids,” says Roenicke, “and I think they need to be heard, could change their life, it changed mine, big time."
The boy's good deed did not go unnoticed. Barbara's friend who picked her up after the accident was so moved by the kid's courage he's treated them and their parents to dinner at Del Ray Café to thank them.