OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Eric Holder may look like the average 16 year old, but that all changed for the high school sophomore last month.
“I look out and I hear a voice that says I’m drowning," Eric said.
“My son looks to the left and says ‘Dad look, there’s a vehicle in the ditch!’” Dane Holder, Eric’s dad said.
When Eric realized there was a car in flood water, he sprung into action.
“I said ‘ma’am, my name is Eric Holder,'" Eric recalled. "'I’m a sophomore at Daviess County High School, I’m in an emergency procedures class. I am prepared for these types of situations.’”
Eric instructed the woman to get out of the car and swim to safety. Eric says he learned those skills in class and from his father, who happens to be a police officer.
“The things that I teach, I hope they never have to use but you know I want them to have the tools," Matt Brannon the teacher for the emergency procedures class said. "So he was able to react and did a great job.”
“With my father being a police officer and with me being in this class, I just felt like it was a responsibility to anyone in danger," Eric said.
“Being an emergency responder, seeing my son go into action, made me feel very proud," Dane said.
For Eric, he was just happy he was in the right place at the right time.
“She was so gratified that we were there to help her during her situation of need and saved her life from a situation she could have died in," Eric said.
Eric stressed how important it is to know what to do in an emergency situation, whether that take specific classes in school or become CPR certified. Eric received the civilian life saving award at Thursday’s Fiscal Court meeting.