Aiken County boys save brother from hanging

  • Follow Metro

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.

Comments (4) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
YeCats
10785
Points
YeCats 03/10/14 - 07:30 am
9
1
Brave young heros. Way to

Brave young heros. Way to go!

CobaltGeorge
159041
Points
CobaltGeorge 03/10/14 - 08:27 am
6
1
Just Great.

It is so heartwarming to read something positive in the news first thing in the AM. Way to go boys. A good memory that will stay with you throughout life.

ctchpln
241
Points
ctchpln 03/10/14 - 09:29 am
7
1
Thinking it through

These boys evidently think things through. It's that same cool thinking that saved their brother's life, and that will get them through tough time in life. Good job, boys!

rmwhitley
5547
Points
rmwhitley 03/10/14 - 09:54 am
0
0
Very
Unpublished

intelligent and resourceful young men. Malachi and Jaivous have achieved a stature that millions upon millions have not. God bless you two, fine young men.

GiantsAllDay
9593
Points
GiantsAllDay 03/10/14 - 10:40 am
5
1
Great job, fellas!!!

Great job, fellas!!!

Marinerman1
4856
Points
Marinerman1 03/10/14 - 12:39 pm
5
1
Awesome !!

Awesome !!

Back to Top

Top headlines

Many black colleges struggling

Although Paine has struggled with its own failures over the past several years, HBCUs across the nation are dealing with some of the same troubles that are threatening their missions and existence.
Search Augusta jobs