A Louisville football coach, that is on the field with a youth team everyday, made the choice to do even more for children. As Wave3.com reported on Sept. 14, 2013, Terrance Washington risked his own safety to jump into a 14-foot deep pit to save a two-year-old girl.
Earlier this week, his West End Yellow Jackets were practicing at Russell Lee Park when he realized something was wrong.
"I saw a group of parents and coaches heading in one direction," said Washington.
"I was around 50 yards away and I just took off running because I knew something was going on," said Washington.
As the Louisville football coach got to the group, he learned they were surrounding a large hole in the ground. It was then that he found out that two-year-old Myahana Moore had fallen into it. He looked in and about 14 feet down was Moore.
Without even hesitating, Washington figured out a plan with other adults that were around and he started making his way down.
"I kind of worked myself down in the hole up to my waist and I told them you all are going to have to hold me and just drop me and once I clear the lip I'll have to expand my body out, like a Spiderman," said Washington.
Once he made it to the bottom, Washington said, "she grabbed my leg and that's when I knew that nothing was broke or your legs are not broke and then she gave me a hug."
He got down there and stayed with little Myahana and made sure she was alright and tried to keep her calm. He said that they "sung nursery rhymes" while together. Almost 90 minutes passed before Louisville Fire and Rescue arrived and pulled them both to safety.
The coach said he "didn't think about the personal risk" and he only did what had to be done. He has received a large number of "Thank You" cards, but he took no time to be a hero. The Louisville football coach was on the sidelines on Saturday morning to lead his team.