HIALEAH (CBSMiami) — Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez couldn’t be prouder of the Hialeah High School girls’ softball team.
“You guys were marvelous,” the Mayor said. “You guys were fantastic.”READ MORE: Florida spot lands in second on 'Dr. Beach' list for top US beaches for 2022
Hernandez was referring to an incident on March 31 when the girls came to the rescue of an elderly couple who were hit by a wayward construction trailer while the couple was at a bus stop near the school’s softball field.
“It made a straight b-line for the elderly couple,” Hialeah Fire Capt. Carlos Espinosa said. “The impact destroyed the bus bench. In fact, we didn’t even know there was a bus bench there until was saw pieces of it.”
The girls rushed to help, pulling away a chain link fence that was on top of one of the victims, allowing paramedics to do their job.
“We just started lifting the fence,” said team member Natasha Brito. “The woman was bleeding a lot and the man ended up on top of the trailer. It was a crazy scene out there.”
Anicia Johnson , a member of the team, said they were in the outfield when one of her teammates saw the crash.
“I corralled everybody over there. As soon as everyone got there, they just told us to hold the fence. The rest of the team was kind of holding the fence until the firefighters and policemen got there,” said Johnson. “I’ve never seen so much blood in my life,” she said. “I felt so bad for the elderly couple.”READ MORE: ‘Try To Take Our Guns And You’ll Learn,’ Florida Lawmaker Tweets At President Biden
The entire team was presented with commendations from the mayor and fire officials. They also got medals for their quick thinking that paramedics say helped save two lives.
“The injuries were so bad that the couple had to be trauma alerted and the man is still in the hospital today. So the girls definitely saved their lives,” Espinosa said.
The school’s principal was also presented with an award for the entire school with the names of all the girls on the team.
The girls close closed out the event with a softball team cheer.
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