New Albany City Council on Jhonored young residents June 2 for their bravery and courage in a life-threatening incident.

New Albany City Council on Jhonored young residents June 2 for their bravery and courage in a life-threatening incident.

Mayor Nancy Ferguson said on April 11, Jillian Bingman and Tyler Hochradel were playing near a culvert at the New Albany Links golf course when Jillian fell into some water and was pulled into the culvert.

Tyler, 15, said he was able to keep his friend's head above water by holding her arm with a strong grip.

"I kept popping under the water but I would pop back up because he had a death grip on me and was able to pull me back up," said Jillian, 12.

Ferguson said Tyler made a "crucial lifesaving decision" by not leaving Jillian's side.

If he had left, she said, Jillian might not have been able to keep her head above the water.

Ferguson said Tyler had to hold onto Jillian for about 30 minutes before help came.

Police officers and firefighters arrived after 12-year-old Parker Smith, who saw the incident, called the New Albany Police Department.

Police Sgt. Garrett Fernander said it is difficult for many people to provide accurate details in a stressful situation but Parker was able to provide an exact location.

Police Chief Greg Jones presented Tyler with an award for acting bravely in the situation. Parker received an award for taking quick action at the scene.

Ferguson said City Council was celebrating a life saved and the lives of the three youths, who are "forever changed."

Jillian and Parker will be seventh-graders and Tyler will be a sophomore when school resumes in August.

All three attend New Albany-Plain Local schools.