Boy, 3, rescued from well on Black Polk Road

Published 12:03 pm Friday, January 10, 2020

A call came in to 911 at 9:56 a.m. on Jan. 4 that a 3-year-old child was trapped in a old abandoned water well on Black Polk Road in Jefferson Davis County.

The child had been playing outside the residence with other children when he fell into the hole in the front yard.

First responders arrived to find the boy 12-15 feet down the well that had only an approximate 8-inch opening and was flat to the ground.

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The child was alert and answering questions.

Local departments rendering assistance were Bassfield, Granby and Good Hope Volunteer Fire Departments, Prentiss Fire Department, Columbia Fire Rescue, the Mississippi Task Force from Lamar County, JDC Emergency Management, AAA Ambulance, Rescue 8, JDC Fire Coordinator, JDC  Sheriff and deputies, JDC Supervisors and road crews and Town of Prentiss public works director and crew.

“The Mississippi USAR Task Force 3 (Lamar County), funded by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, came in to assist and were actually the ones that pulled the young man out,” said Jocelyn Ragsdale JDC Emergency Management Director.

The child was wedged with his arms over his head so rescuers were able to slip knotted ropes around the child’s wrists and pull him to safety.

“I commend the parents. They did a fantastic job of talking to him and keeping their emotions at bay.”

Area businesses donated supplies with no questions asked. Speights Cash and Carry, Wolfe Lumber and King Lumber donated plywood and shovels and Dollar General donated water.

“I thank each and every one that played a part in  this process,” said Ragsdale.

“They did a fantastic job. I just can’t say enough.”

The boy was rescued at 11:29 a.m. and transported by AAA Ambulance to the hospital as a precaution.

County workers filled the abandoned well with gravel and dirt and the scene was cleared by 12:27 p.m.

“Everyone worked together to save a child, and that is exactly what we did.”