Quick action from two young boys ensured that a 2-year-old relative was alive weeks later to see the boys honored by the Lexington Fire Department.
Chase Covey, 9, and Parker Everhard, 8, were named “Little Heroes” on Thursday and were presented with Meritorious Civilian Citations from Fire Chief Kristin Chilton.
On May 27, the cousins saved Chase’s younger brother, Jacks Covey, who fell into their grandparents’ swimming pool. The cousins were playing in the backyard when they heard Jacks fall. Chase jumped into the pool, and Parker ran inside to get help from adults and called 9-1-1.
Firefighters arrived soon after and administered oxygen to Jacks, who recovered at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
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“Because of (Chase and Parker’s) quick action, that is probably why this little boy is sitting here today,” Chilton said.
Michelle Covey, Chase’s and Jacks’ mother, said her family has since moved to Charlotte, N.C. The Everhards live in Lexington. The family’s move had been planned for the day Jacks fell into the pool.
Covey said that from the time her children were very little, she has taught them to take care of one another.
“Whether it’s trauma or an everyday situation, we tell them to always be on the lookout for each other, because you’re all each other has,” she said. “We started very young, and they love their baby brother more than anything.”
She thanked firefighters who helped Jacks, and the appreciation was echoed by Chase’s and Jacks’ older sister, Payton.
“We just want to say thank you to everybody who helped us, thank you to Chase and Jacks and all of the people who helped him,” said the tearful Payton. “We thank God because if we didn’t pray, he might not be here with us. We thank everybody.”
Even with their heroic efforts and recognition from the fire department, the cousins might not have careers in fire safety.
“I would, but my mom would not let me,” Chase said about a possible career as a firefighter. “I’ve talked to her about that before, and she just looked at me and said no.”