Man who helped girl who fell into cistern talks to WHAS11


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 10:11 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Terrance Washington was preparing to coach a pewee football scrimmage Thursday night at Russell Lee Park when he noticed parents and coaches frantically rushing to a nearby area in the park. He ran over-- and saw that 2-year-old Myahana Moore had fallen into a cistern.  That's when the father of five took charge.

“I kind of moved the coaches back and kind of squeezed myself to get down to assist. Then I just kind of worked my way down the hole,” said Washington.

The coaches helped him down the cistern. His second plan of action was to check for injuries.

“She was laying on her stomach screaming so before I could actually move her I wanted to ensure there were no broken bones,” said Washington.

When 2-year-old Myahana saw Washington, she started to get up; a sign to Washington that her legs weren't broken.

“Then she reached out to hug me and that let me know her arms weren’t broken,” said Washington.

Washington became fast friends with the little girl in the deep dark cistern while they waited for rescue.

“We went over the nursery rhymes. 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' and the 'Itsy Bitsy Spider' which was actually on the wall this time and she didn't like that,” said Washington.

To Washington, acts like these are second nature.

It's natural for most people; if there's someone in need to reach out a hand and try to help,” said Washington.

Impeccable timing doesn't hurt either.

“There was an incident on Cane Run Road a couple weeks ago where a van tipped over and I just happened to be there,” said Washington.

Washington was able to pull those people out of the van. He says his military training aids in his ability to respond quickly. In this situation, he's relieved that everyone is safe.

“I'm just real grateful that the little girl is ok,” said Washington.

Washington says he's just a little sore. He hopes to return to his day job on Monday