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Firefighters rescue Bartlesville boy, mom from 30-foot well

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: March 1, 2011 at 11:51 am •  Published: March 1, 2011
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BARTLESVILLE — The mother of a 7-year-old Bartlesville boy dropped 30 feet down a well he had fallen into, just so he would have company and comfort until rescuers arrived and saved them both, officials said.

Jonathan Edwards and his mother, Amy Prentice, were safely returned to the surface Sunday afternoon.

"It was a general consensus out there that the mother was the general hero," said Bartlesville Fire Chief Bob Hasbrook.

According to Hasbrook, Jonathan was in the family's yard playing with his sister when he fell into the well, which was about 4 feet across. Hasbrook said the sister immediately told their mother, who apparently called for rescuers.

Then, Hasbrook said, she climbed over a 3½ -foot stone wall surrounding the hand-dug well, grabbed a pipe that rises up the well's center, and slid down to where her son was hanging on to a ledge.

Two local fire departments, the sheriff's office, an ambulance service and a wrecker company helped in the rescue.

When all the rescuers assembled, Bartlesville firefighter Adam Butterfield rappelled down the well to boy and mom with flotation jackets and safety helmets, Hasbrook said.

The water was deep enough that it would have been over the heads of both boy and mother if they had become submerged, the fire chief said.

The wrecker truck — which just happened to be in the area when the rescue call went out — then came into play.

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