Metro Council honors coach that jumped into cistern to comfort girl


by WHAS11

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 7:15 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- When a 2-year-old girl fell almost 15 feet  into an abandoned cistern at Russell Lee Park in West Louisville youth football coach Terrance Washington didn't think twice about jumping in to keep her company.

He jumped down into the cistern and sang to her. He sang her nursery rhymes until Louisville firefighters rescued them both.

His act of bravery is being honored by the city on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Coach Terrence Washington did not think about recognition when he jumped down into an abandoned cistern to save 2-year-old Myhanna Moore.

"I just coach.  I really didn't expect the recognition.  There was a child in need, and I assisted.  I really wasn't looking for the recognition, but I am grateful for it," Washington said.

Councilwoman Attica Scott honored Washington for his bravery.  

Two weeks later Washington has yet to speak to the little girl, but did hear from Myhana's mom. 

Washington says the award and attention have only changed him a little.

"Well, I've become more media friendly," Washington said.

He's just glad Myahna's OK.
Washington also weighed in on whether coaches called to report the holes, and that city officials claim they never received any complaints.

"It doesn't surprise me at all.  We called two, three years ago.  And one of the departments came out and staked that ground where the holes were and put ribbons on it.  Um, that was the amount they looked into it,” Washington said.   

Washington did not call himself, and does not know which department came out.

Washington and another coach used to go out to fill the depressions with top soil each year.

"And I believe that top soil was one of things that saved the little girl from injury," Washington said.

The coach had to move his team to a different part of Russell Lee to avoid the holes.

"It was to our amazement, you know, why does the ground keep sinking?  But you know you just don't think there's an 18-foot well below," Washington said.

Washington's team now practices on another team's field.  Metro Parks says Russell Lee Parks is still weeks away from being finished.

The coach looks forward to when the park re-opens and gives the Yellow Jackets a safe place to practice.