A boy from Orlando, Florida, has been credited with pulling his friend out of a canal and potentially saving his life.
On March 2, 2016, eight-year-old Malachi Jenkins risked his life to save one of his classmates. According to WOFL News, Malachi was walking home with Shamore Franklin and other children near Riverside Elementary School. While walking, the children managed to get behind an enclosed fence near a canal, which was a detour from their normal route.
Shamore was trying to cross the canal by walking on top of a large pipe when he fell into the embankment. Malachi and the other children immediately jumped into action to save him.
“I took off my shirt, my shoes, and my socks, I jumped in [...] he was under the water,” Malachi said.
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“He’s just a very loving person,” Malachi’s mother explained. “He has a big heart, so that’s just something that he’d seen and he thought he could probably help out. […] He was one of the only children that knew how to swim.”
Malachi, along with Shamore’s brother, worked to pull the eight-year-old out of the water.
“I twisted him around, grabbed his hand, then brought him to shore," Malachi recalled. "I asked his brother to help me; help me pull him up."
The two boys performed CPR on Shamore until help arrived. According to deputies, he is in critical condition at a local hospital.
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“I want my son to come home,” said Shamore’s father. “He's in the hospital. He got tubes in his head; tubes running through his stomach.”
Orange County Public Schools released a statement and are providing crisis counselors at the school for as long as needed.
"Our heart goes out to the family and the school community after this tragic accident," read part of the announcement.
Malachi said that he’s sad his friend is hurt, but glad he could help him in his time of need.
”I really feel like God placed him there to be a help,” said Malachi’s grandmother.