Three construction workers were honored by the Sheriff deputies in Alexander County after they stepped in to help a young boy.
The carpenters were working on remodeling a lake house around 11 a.m. last Friday when they thought they heard a cat screaming. They quickly realized it wasn't a cat, it was coming from the water and it was a young boy that had fallen into the lake.
They all ran to a neighboring dock and heard the boy yelling "Help me!" So that's when one of the carpenters, Scott Lingerfelt, jumped into the water fully clothed and swam 40 yards across the cove to grab the 6-year-old.
As Lingerfelt swam back, James Wycoff, a nearby homeowner, called 911 while the boy's older brother and Jason Southerland, another carpenter jumped in the pickup truck to pick them up on the other side of the cove.
Local news affiliate spoke with the boy's mother Friday, who said her 6-year-old has autism and sometimes wanders off. When she spotted her son in the water, she quickly drove back to her home to get his older brother since she couldn't swim.
Deputies confirmed that the boy's older brother helped pull the child out of the water when Lingerfelt reached the dock with him.
According to WSOC-TV, the mother and son were thankful the men risked their lives to help a child they didn't even know.