Family of boy who fell in well thank first responders

Family of boy who fell in well thank first responders

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Fire Department held a news conference along with the family of the little boy who fell in a well on July 4. Dressed like the heroes who helped save him, Leo Hassebrock was in good spirits.

His father, Daniel Hassebrock, says he is lucky to have his son safe and sound.

“I’m glad it wasn’t a smaller kid and I’m glad we had the people out there that we had out there," said Hassebrock

First responders weren’t sure how to get Leo out. After some quick thinking, they cut down the seat off of a swing set and lowered it into the well to rescue Leo.

It was EFD Private Lucas Macke who originally thought the swing could be a good idea.

“You know, my dad always told me, if you stare at something long enough, you’re going to figure it out! I couldn’t imagine if it was my kid down there, so I was just relieved that it worked," said Macke.

Private Macke gave that swing back to the Hassebrock family who then had all of the first responders sign it. It is a day that Macke says ranks high among the most rewarding days in his career.

“I mean it is cool, it something that when I’m an old guy on this department, I’m sure that’s a story I’ll tell. The old guys have their stories and one day I’ll be an old guy and this will be one of mine!" said Macke.

Full news conference: Family of boy who fell in well thanks first responders

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