Aiken County boys save brother from hanging

WINDSOR — Two Aiken County boys were outside their home playing several weeks ago when their brother fell out of a tree and dangled from the neck by a karate belt .

Rather than panic or run into the home to get help, one of the boys lifted the ailing brother up enough so the other could untie the belt. First responders said the boys’ actions likely saved their brother’s life.

Malachi Padgett, 8, and Jaivous Rosario, 10, were awarded the Citizens Lifesaving Award by Windsor Fire and Rescue for staying cool under fire Feb. 14 when their brother, 10-year-old Joehailan Rosario, was in trouble.

Firefighters received a call involving an unconscious child about 2:30 p.m. that day, according to Shanon Boothe of the Windsor Fire Department.

“He was playing with a karate belt,” Boothe said. “I don’t know if he was using it as a scarf or something like that. He was climbing trees, and when he came out the tree, that’s when it caught. His brothers happened to turn around and see what’s going on, and then that’s when they jumped into action.”

Boothe and two other firefighters worked on Joehailan and gave him oxygen. Joehailan was taken by ambulance to Georgia Regents Medical Center. Boothe said he did not regain consciousness and was later put on a respirator.

Doctors were concerned about possible brain damage, said his mother, Taisha Rosario. He woke up about 4 a.m. the next day. Rosario said he quickly improved, and later tests confirmed there was no brain damage. He went home that Monday.

“Them taking that measure, doing it that quick instead of running and getting somebody, it’s probably the reason this little boy doesn’t have a serious brain injury or didn’t pass away,” Boothe said.

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