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Coach Terrance Washington was honored on Thursday night after he jumped into a hole after a toddler. Coach Terrance Washington was honored on Thursday night after he jumped into a hole after a toddler.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – He didn't think twice before putting the safety of a child first. Coach Terrance Washington was honored on Thursday night after he jumped into a hole after a toddler. 

With a well deserved standing ovation, Washington was recognized in front of the 
Metro Council, his family and his team.  


"Two weeks ago today, I'm sure you all heard about him not hesitating to jump into a cistern in Russell Lee Park to save a two year old little girl," said Councilwoman Attica Scott, (D) District 1. 

For over an hour, Washington sat with little Myahana Moore, 15 feet underground, trying to keep her calm, above ground a dramatic rescue was playing out.

"I really wasn't looking for the recognition, but I'm grateful for it," said Washington. 

Metro parks has been working to find other holes or depressions on the 17 acres at Russell Lee Park. An old neighborhood used to be there, before the city got the land in the 60's. 

Last week, two more bricked lined cisterns were discovered under the basketball court. An additional 45 depressions were also found. Since then, all have been filled and taken care of and in a few weeks players will be able to return to their home field.

"I'm glad I was there," said Washington. "I'm glad the young child is safe. I'm glad that our park is being looked at for safety."

Washington's wife Loretta says she's proud of her husband, a father of five, but says she wouldn't have expected anything else.

"This incident right here is not surprising to me that he would try to save someone's life because that's the person he is," said Mrs. Washington. "If he could do anything for anybody that's what he would do."

Washington has not seen Myahana since that night, but he has spoken to her mother. He says at some point she did have to return to the hospital for swelling from spider bites she received in the hole, but says now she is doing great.

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