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A homeless man rescued an autistic teenager from drowning in Bear Creek after the young man found himself stuck in the water.
Bobby Mitchell was at Hawthorne Park on Thursday night when he said he heard screams coming from the creek and jumped into action.
“I don’t know how he got where he was at, but I heard him scream and I hopped the fence to see where he was. He was in a tight spot, but I got to him,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said he asked the boy what he was doing, and the boy told him he was trying to swim but was in an area that has a lot of debris, is not swimmable.
“After I was able to get to him, I called 911 and Melissa to help bring him clothes because he was panicking, That was the hard part, getting him to calm down,” he said.
Melissa Mayne, the founder, and executive director with Compassion Highway Project said she was contacted by Mitchell late that night.
“Bob contacted me to hurry over because I know the young man that was stuck in the water. He asked me to bring a change of clothes and a blanket because he had just pulled the boy from the water and was worried,” Mayne said.
Mayne said the teenager was evaluated by the paramedics and was cleared to go home. She said if it hadn’t been for Mitchell’s actions the young boy could have drowned.
“I am so thankful he heard him screaming and risked his own life by jumping in the creek at night. If he didn’t do what he did, it could’ve been a whole different outcome,” she said.
When asked how he felt knowing he saved a young man’s life, Mitchell humbly said he would do it again.
“It’s just another day at Hawthorne Park, things are always interesting here. I’ll do it again for anyone else if I had to,” he said.