Six-year-old hero saves friend's life

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

A Hazard kindergarten student is being called a hero.

Six-year-old Jayvon White, his mother, and aunt attended what was supposed to be a birthday celebration for his friend but ended with the kindergartener saving his friend's life.

Jayvon says he cannot swim but had his life jacket on, so he knew he could save the seven-year-old birthday boy.

Jayvon even told me he was not scared when it all happened.

6-year-old Jayvon White is only in kindergarten but already knows how to save someone's life.

"He was hollering that he couldn't swim," said Jayvon.

It was Triston Price's seventh birthday.

Triston and his friends celebrated with a swimming party at the Hazard Pavilion.

"He was going down the slide. And he went down the slide and then he was swimming and then he went under water," said Jayvon.

The parents at the party never expected Jayvon to be the lifesaver.

"I jumped in and then gave him my hand and pulled him out of the water," said Jayvon.

Jayvon's mother says the lifeguards were not paying attention.

"She did have a complaint that the lifeguards weren't attentive enough. One was apparently on his phone texting I think she thought, and the other lifeguard was maybe doing her homework," said Rick Steele, the director at the Hazard Pavilion.

The director at the Pavilion says after the incident the schoolwork and cell phone were taken from the two lifeguards who were on duty.

Steele says he hopes the employees can learn from this situation.

"As the job says, they are there to guard the lives of the people in the swimming pool. And obviously if there was a situation where they were not paying attention, then that really can't be tolerated," said Steele.

Steele also says he is using this opportunity to once again enforce the rules lifeguards have gotten away with in the past.

Steele also told me he is thankful Jayvon was nearby and able to help.

Triston gave Jayvon a bracelet thanking him for saving his life.

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