Passerby saves 2-year-old from icy pond

By Jamel Major - bio | email

GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC-TV) - A courageous passerby likely helped a young girl escape serious injury Sunday at a Germantown park.

Kathy Wolff gets emotional every time she talks about the frightening ordeal, which happened Sunday while her two-year-old daughter, Heather, was sledding down a steep hill.  During one trip down the hill, Heather's sled zipped past her mother and into a frozen pond.  

"The ice didn't break below her so I thought, 'Just get her to stay,' and she stood up and goes, 'I'm scared, I'm scared,'" Wolff said.

Wolff dialed 911 and started breaking through the ice to try to get to Heather.  

"She started to walk towards me, and at about her sixth step it went, 'whew,'" Wolff said.

As Heather teetered on the brink of going under the water, Wolff's daughter Eileen, 8, stood nearby watching.  It was then that Brian Coblentz, who was driving by with his family, stopped to help.  

"We drive by there almost everyday and you never expect to see a little girl on an island of ice.  It scared me to death," he said.

Coblentz immediately dove into the pond to rescue Heather.

"I just turned the corner and jumped out," he said. "Her mother was trying to get to her and I jumped in and got her."

While Coblentz doesn't consider himself a hero, he's just glad he was at the right place at the right time.

Heather Wolff was not seriously injured during the ordeal.

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