Hero coaching again


by Johnny Archer


Posted on September 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 14 at 8:20 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Members of the Yellow Jackets youth football team were happy to see coach Terrance Washington back on the field Saturday morning.

Coach T, as his players call him, made headlines after he unselfishly jumped into a 14-foot hole to rescue a 2-year-old girl who fell into it.

Almost a day after being released from the hospital, Washington was coaching his team.  

“That’s awesome to see he can bounce back that fast and recover and do wonderful,” said Tanisha Sykes, who has a daughter that is a cheerleader for the Yellow Jackets.   

“I’m surprised it took him that long,” said Neil Brents, whose son plays for the Yellow Jackets. “I’m surprised he wasn’t calling plays from down in the hole. He’s a magnificent person.”

On Thursday, a two-year-old girl fell into a 14-foot cistern at Russell Lee Park and Washington's natural reaction was to jump in to help her.  

“When a child is in distress, you put your life on the line to get that child to safety,” said Washington. 

It took emergency crews more than an hour to pull them to safety, but Washington says he would do it again if he had to. 

“I know the emotions going through a parents mind when faced with that type of situation,” said Washington. 

Six years ago, a car hit Washington’s two-year-old child. It's those memories that prompted him to react so quickly and it’s that type of personality the parents on his football team love so much.  

Washington says there's still a lot of soreness in his legs, but he is doing ok. The two-year-old girl was surprisingly uninjured. She has already been released from the hospital.