Teamwork makes the dream work has never been so true as a group of football teammates and friends jumped into action, without a second thought, to snatch an injured woman from her smoking car outside their high school.
The crash happened Friday, August 12th, outside Rome High School in Rome, Georgia. Rome Police Department Assistant Chief Debbie Burnett told reporters that the accident occurred when a small silver car swerved and struck a white SUV to avoid being hit by another vehicle driven by a teen.
Luis Goya, a math teacher at Rome High School, heard the crash just before 8 a.m. He ran to a nearby intersection and called 911, upon seeing the wreck. “There was smoke coming up from the hood. There was fluid on the ground,” Goya said. “I told the dispatcher, ‘We need to hurry!'”
The boys being hailed as heroes, ages 14 to 17, were arriving by car to the school Friday, when the crash occurred right in front of their eyes. Treyvon Adams, 16, was driving Antwion Care, 16, Tyson Brown, 17, and Alto Moore, 16, to school when they witnessed the accident.
Fellow football player, Cesar Parker, 16, was in another vehicle with his mother and leapt out to help his teammates with the rescue. Another student, Messiah Daniels, also helped.
“It was right in front of me. I turned off the car and jumped out and said, “Hey look, let’s go help her,'” Treyvon told reporters. “The woman was leaning over into the passenger seat begging for help. She had blood on her face and was screaming.”
In an interview with CNN, Treyvon Adams added, “We just ran as fast as we (could) to the lady to check on her to see if she was alright.”
Alto and Tyson ran to the door, trying to pull it off. However, the door wouldn’t open, so the boys ran to the driver’s door.
“They literally started using their strength to pry the door open, so the lady could be released,” the math teacher Goya recalled.
“We used all our muscles,” Adams added. “We’re pretty big people, we’re strong. We play football, so we lift weights a lot, but (the door) was just extremely bent and broke.”
Their quick attention and efforts were well timed, as the situation seemed to deteriorate quickly.
“The vehicle was smoking, the fluids were leaking and I could tell it was about to catch fire had the police not gotten there quickly, which they did,” Treyvon recalled.
“We weren’t worried about ourselves, we were worried about the lady,” Tyson told FOX affiliate WFLD.
After roughly 30 seconds of manipulating the door, the boys opened it. Antwion and Alto pulled the woman out, walking her to the grass, while Treyvon checked on the passenger in the SUV.
Police said the 50-year-old woman was transported to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries, including cuts and bruises. They reported no other injuries, stating that the at-fault driver was not physically involved in the wreck and was a 16-year-old boy.
The school praised the boys on Facebook, saying, “They went above and beyond to help.”