MASSILLION, Ohio (WPVI) -- A police officer in Massillion, Ohio, is being hailed as a hero after he spearheaded the rescue of five teens trapped in a sewer tunnel after they were swept away by rushing water.
The officer, Aaron Franklin, responded to the teens cries for help and leapt into action despite treacherous conditions and slippery surfaces, according to CNN. With assistance from the local fire department, he was able to rescue the first two kids after making initial contact with them. Later, the rescue team helped the other three teens emerge from the dark tunnel using ropes and an emergency rescue ring buoy.
The teens and their families were grateful for Franklin and the other rescuers' quick thinking in the rescue. But Franklin says he was just in the right place at the right time.
"Anybody that would be put in the situation that's in this line of work, they have an obligation to do so and we're gonna do it," he said.