Barren County High School students honored for saving classmate after car wreck

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GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO) -- Two students were honored on Tuesday at Barren County High School for saving a fellow student's life after a car wreck.

On the night of May 4, Alex Lowe and Wyatt Lyles were on their way home from an FFA Banquet when they both drove up on a jeep that had flipped over into a ditch.

Both boys were in separate vehicles and arrived on the scene around the same time. When they approached the jeep, they found their classmate, Nataly Holman, inside.

"During that whole entire time she stayed conscience. She stayed with us the entire time," says Alex, as he describes pulling Nataly from the jeep, fearing it might catch on fire.

Wyatt says he ripped his shirt off and Alex took off his belt to make a tourniquet to wrap around Nataly's arm, which was bleeding very heavily. They say instinct just kicked in and they knew they needed to help.

The boys tried to stop some of the bleeding coming from Nataly's arm, directed others nearby to call 911, and per Nataly's request, called her mom.

Family members now say the doctors have told them, if it weren't for Alex and Wyatt, Nataly may not have survived and her arm may not have been able to be saved.

Alex and Wyatt stayed with Nataly until official medical personnel arrived.

Nataly then underwent a seven hour surgery at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. She remained in the hospital for several days before returning home.

At the school ceremony on Tuesday, she surprised the students, along with Alex and Wyatt, when she showed up, walking across the auditorium with her mother.

Nataly says she remembers the boys showing up after she wrecked and knew at that moment that she had full trust they would take care of her.

"I'm just very thankful that they arrived. I don't know what would've happened if they weren't there. I'm just thankful that they saved my life because I wouldn't be here right now," she says.

Nataly says she now knows her front driver's side tire had popped, which caused her jeep to flip several times.

Wyatt and Alex received several community awards at the ceremony on Tuesday. They'll also be featured as our Hughes and Coleman Hometown Heroes on May 25 during the 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

As Barren County High School Principal Brad Johnson put it, this is a prime example of Trojans taking care of Trojans.

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