Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Special Scouts Boys Who Hit Mudhole Owe Their Lives to Quick-Thinking Twins

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Special Scouts Boys Who Hit Mudhole Owe Their Lives to Quick-Thinking Twins

Article excerpt

Nine-year-old Zach Sherr lost his shoes and socks in a

30-foot-deep mudhole near his Orange Park home last October. But

he didn't lose his life, thanks to some quick-thinking neighbors

who have received medals for their heroism.

Identical twins Michael and Colin Harling, sixth-graders at

Orange Park Elementary School, received lifesaving awards from

Boy Scouts of America at a ceremony last week at Orange Park

Country Club. Michael received the Boy Scout Medal of Honor and

Colin the Boy Scout Heroism Award for helping save Zach and his

friend Andrew Hunt.

What began as a child's game turned into a fast-paced drama and

a lesson for two fourth-graders at Orange Park Elementary. And

the drama could have had tragic consequences, had it not been

for a 12-year-old's quick thinking.

According to Andrew, he and Zach were playing soldiers in a

wooded area next to Zach's house.

"All of a sudden we hit this place with deep mud and we started

sinking," Andrew said in a telephone interview. "We tried to get

out, but the more we moved, the deeper we got."

Michael, who was doing chores at this home next door, heard

screaming and went to investigate.

"I saw them. They were chest-deep in the mud," Michael said. "I

went to get my dad."

Michael's father, John Harling, tried to pull the boys out but

started sinking himself.

Michael's twin, Colin, who had been playing in the

neighborhood, saw the commotion when he came home.

"It took me a little while to figure out what happened. Then I

saw Mike jump in the mud," he said. "I was scared that he would

get stuck, too."

But Michael didn't get stuck. When he couldn't pry the boys

loose, he went home for some rope, which he and Colin used to

pull out their father, Zach and Andrew.

Harling said the action took some quick thinking on his son's

part. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.