Young brothers recognized by Dexter PD after helping neighbor who fell into drainage ditch

Hero boys talk about saving woman's life

DEXTER, Mo. (KFVS) - Two young brothers were celebrated for helping a woman who fell into a drainage ditch.

According to Dexter Police, 9-year-old Reese Waggoner and 5-year-old Elijah Sisk witnessed the neighbor falling into the rock filled ditch while riding their bikes and playing pretend police on Friday, September 6.

“We were heroes,” said Reese Waggoner.

“And my teacher was so proud of me,” said Elijah Sisk.

The brothers said a blind woman walking her dog in the neighborhood asked them for help getting home. Then things took a scary turn.

“And it tugged her like twice, and it got her down in that ditch. And when she fell down into the ditch, she fell onto these rocks that were like really pointy,” said Reese Waggoner.

After that, Reese biked home to get his mom to call 911 and Elijah stayed with the woman.

“I felt bad for her just like I would for even doggies. I would feel bad for them if I didn’t help them,” said Reese Waggoner.

“She could have easily laid there for a long time and maybe never recovered from that,” said Detective Eddie Holloway with the Dexter Police Department. “I like to see their enthusiasm, and once you recognize them it builds their confidence up and they will help you further down the road with other things.”

Maybe the brothers will wear the same badge Holloway wears.

“I wanna be a detective,” said Elijah Sisk.

“I wanted to be either special ops, but now I kinda wanna be a cop," said Reese Waggoner.

Police say the woman was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with serious injuries.

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