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E. Texas man honored as hero after rescuing girl from well

Johnny Roberson honored at Smith County Commissioner's Court (Source: KLTV) Johnny Roberson honored at Smith County Commissioner's Court (Source: KLTV)
Since the accident the well has been covered. (Source: KLTV Staff) Since the accident the well has been covered. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TROUP, TX (KLTV) -

One East Texas man was named a community hero today after helping to save the life of an 11-year-old girl earlier this month.

Johnny Roberson said family and friends were enjoying a summer fish fry when the girl ran into a neighbor's yard and fell into their well.

It was sight Sierra Franklin says she'll never forget.

"Very devastating, just seeing my baby down there thinking she's going to die," Franklin said.

Her 11-year-old daughter Laylah was trapped at the bottom of a well.

"Well I got on it and I was jumping and I fell in," Laylah said.

Johnny Roberson says after hearing the crash he jumped into action.

"I just ran and grabbed the extension cord and tied it around this fence right here next to the well and I just used it my back and my legs and my body to lower myself in," Roberson.

Roberson says the well was about 75 to 80 feet deep and he used the extension cord and water hose to lower himself down to reach Laylah.

"Tight area, cold water, dark, it was real dark, Roberson said."

Franklin says she was grateful for Roberson's action but still very emotional.

"At the same time still scared because we got two lives that are in danger now so it was very hard," Franklin said.

Roberson says it took a few attempts to pull them out.

"They tried to pull me pack up and the extension cord broke so I just happened to have the water hose that held us up until the rescue team got there," Roberson said.

Tuesday at Smith County Commissioner's Court Roberson was honored as a community hero but Roberson says he was just doing the right thing.

"I don't consider myself a hero I would have done it for anybody," Roberson said.

Since the accident the well has been covered, Layla didn't have any major injuries just minor scraps on her arms and legs.

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