Mom Says Son Saved His Sister From The Floodwaters

One Eastern Carolina mom is crediting her son with saving his one-year-old sister from the floodwaters last week.

Amelia Pledger of Washington County says she decided to load her kids in their van to escape the floodwaters in Roper. That's when she says the van started floating away. That's when she told her oldest kids to get out.

Pledger says she grabbed her one-year-old daughter, but she slipped out of her hands and into the water. That's when she says her eight-year-old son Jaquise went into the water to save her.

Jaquise says he learned to swim as a Cub Scout.

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  • by Angelica Rodrequez Location: Orlando, Florida on Oct 11, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    Wow, I know this kid, he is from a very hardworking family and I have worked with his mother many summers as she translated spanish for the Migrant Workers and worked along aside of the workers in 100 degree heat providing for her family.This child needs to rewarded a metal for being a HERO!!! GOD BLESS HIS MOTHER AMELIA AND THE 5 CUBS. SOME ONE PLEASE HELP THIS FAMILY WITH A NEW VAN AND HOME.
  • by PHS Student Location: Plymouth on Oct 7, 2010 at 10:38 AM
    My heart goes out to Ms. Pledger and her children, and I am currently enrolled (and sitting) in her 4th block class.
  • by kewayne' Location: plymouth on Oct 7, 2010 at 10:31 AM
    Tell Jaquise I'm proud of him. He's a Hero
  • by POOH Location: Roper on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    I am glad that my friend bear and her 5 cubs are okay. Way to go BUDDY!!!
  • by Fan of Scouting Location: greenville on Oct 5, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    As a parent of an Eagle Scout, I can tell you firsthand scouting teaches many valuable life lessons-- which this fine young man is proof of. What a Hero!!
  • by Parent of Scouts Location: Greenville on Oct 5, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    If anyone wants to finally support Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, you can give through United Way but it has to be designated. Personally I donate directly to local Boy Scout Troups and Cub Scout Packs so the boys get all of the benefit of my donation. You can also give directly to the East Carolina Council. Contact information for the East Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America can be cound at
  • by A on Oct 5, 2010 at 11:35 AM This kid deserves this award!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 at 10:10 AM
    Awesome! Thank GOD and thank God for the cub scouts!
  • by Former Cubmaster Location: Winterville NC on Oct 5, 2010 at 10:01 AM
    When there wasn't time to think about what to do or whether he should save his sister at the risk of his own life, Jaquise was prepared and he took action. Thank God for the volunteer scout leaders who have worked with him and his family members who have helped shape the character of this awesome young fellow. People like Jaquise and those who have helped shape his life DO make a difference.
  • by Fan of Jaquise Location: Greenville on Oct 5, 2010 at 09:55 AM
    Somebody forward this news item to the Pitt County United Way. They refuse to fund any scouting activities because they have determined that scouting has no lasting impact on the community.
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