Boy plucked from icy pond, rescuers commended

Wednesday, 20 January, 2010

Picture shows Gary, Rhys, Karen and Ryan at the pond where the incident took place.

Three teenagers who plucked a ten year old boy to safety when he fell in a ice filled pond have been commended by Stevenage paramedics.

Rhys Berry, Chay Hubner and Ryan Evans were walking through the town towards the Blind Gardens in Stevenage on Friday, January 8, when the saw a young boy fall into the icy pond. They ran towards him and offer their help.

The ten year old boy was taking a short cut to his friends when he slipped on the ice and fell in to a frozen pond. Ryan, Rhys and Chay grabbed hold of him and pulled him to safety. They took him to a nearby block of flats and called for an ambulance.

Rhys said: "The boy was walking alongside the pond when he slipped and went through the ice and underneath it. We all grabbed him and pulled him on to the side of the path next to the pond. He was cold and crying."

On Wednesday, January 13, two of the heroes were presented with certificates of commendation by the trust. Communications manager, Gary Sanderson who arranged the meet up said: "It was a pleasure to present the lads with their certificates, they done a really good job pulling the boy to safety."

Paramedic Karen Nixon who attended the scene said: "It was nice to meet up with Rhys and Ryan again and personally thank them for their help on the day, they all thoroughly deserve their commendations for saving him." Chay was unable to attend the presentation but his friends are making sure he gets his certificate in due course.

The three lads have since been awarded with bravery certificates from the Royal Society of Life Savers for their actions on the day.

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