Posted: Aug 3, 2013 6:37 PM by Brin Merkley - MTN News
Updated: Aug 3, 2013 6:38 PM
LOLO- A trio of Lolo boys are being called heroes after saving a woman's life on Wednesday.
Brothers Tyler and Jackson Burt say they were finishing up a day of floating on the Bitterroot River with some family members - and their friend Jack Johnson - when they encountered a woman in need of help.
"There was a lady just kinda stumbling around down there, and just kind of confused where she was. And we asked her a question, and she kinda didn't look like she knew the question," Jackson recalled.
He says when the woman finally spoke she said her keys were locked in her car, but the boys wanted to be sure she was safe before driving.
"So, we went over to her car and we didn't see any keys in her car or anything - so we were kinda getting worried. People were trying to help this lady get in her car, and we kinda told the people not to help her because we don't know what's going on," Jackson said.
Tyler Burt, 17, says after calling police the woman became frantic.
"We walked over and said, ‘hey there's somebody coming to help you.' She kinda got panicked, she didn't show it but she kept going up, because when we first got there she kept asking ‘hey can you help me into my car?' Well, then she started getting more frantic and asking more, and then she started trying to get into her car more. She didn't want to be there when help came," Tyler said.
The boys said they were relieved when help finally arrived. Officials say the woman was taken to the hospital, where it was discovered that she took a dangerously high amount of medications, so much that it could have killed her.
Patrol Sergeant, and father of the boys, Bill Burt says he got the news over the phone. "Sergeant Tony Real called me and said, ‘you should probably know that your boys just saved this girls life'."
He also says he's proud of his kids but wouldn't expect anything less.
"If you see somebody that's stumbling around like that, and can't talk trying to get in their car, you just don't walk away from it - you gotta make sure that they get help before they go out and get in a crash and hurt someone or kill someone," Tyler said.
Officials say the woman's life was saved thanks to the help of these boys.