6-Year-Old Twins Spot a Drowning Toddler & Save Her Life Without Help From Adults

Peyton and Bryant Switzer
Jan McLaughlin/BG Independent News

There's no greater fear to a parent when their kids are around water than for your child to take a dive into the pool and never resurface. With stories of dry drownings, serious burns, and kids dying in hot cars hitting the news during summer months, it feels like the warm weather only brings danger and unhappy endings. That's why the story of Peyton and Bryant Switzer, 6-year-old twin brothers who rescued a drowning 3-year playmate, is truly incredible. The quick-thinking brothers from Bowling Green, Ohio not only saved the day, but they also later received recognition from the Ohio House of Representatives for their heroism. 

  • The boys' mom, Amy Walter, tells CafeMom that her boys were quick to jump into action during a recent family vacation.

    Bryant and Peyton Switzer
    Amy Walter

    Walters says that before she and her husband (Peyton and Bryant's stepfather) took their five children on vacation to Orlando, Florida, her boys were already well-versed in water safety. She says that she's always emphasized the importance of knowing how to swim to her sons. "My ex husband had a pond, so from the get-go it was always very important for us for the boys to know how swim from a young age," she says. But little did she now that on this trip it would save a life.

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  • As the boys splashed around in the hotel pool, they met a 3-year-old friend named Charlie who was swimming with water wings on.

    Peyton and Bryat Switzer
    Amy Walter

    Amy recalls that her sons had been playing with Charlie earlier in the day at the shallow end of the pool. However things got dangerous when Charlie later tried to head into the deep end alone. In her Facebook post, Amy explained that "The little girl jumped into the deep end while her mother was packing up and didn't realize what was going on."

    Peyton and Bryant could sense that something was wrong. "It was only when the water went over her head and they were in the deep end that they knew there was a problem because they knew she didn’t know how to swim," Amy tells us. 

    Thinking quicker than some of the adults who were standing at the pool's edge, Peyton and Bryant sprung into action. "Peyton was closer to her," Amy explains. "He wrapped his arm around her and swam her to the edge." From there, Peyton handed her off to his brother Bryant who helped Charlie make it up the ladder. 

    Charlie was then reunited with her mother, whom Amy recalls "was so emotional over what happened and gracious." 

    But the family never caught Charlie's mother's name. "We just parted ways," Amy says. "We didn’t think to get her information."

    Amy tells us that while her sons have been in swim lessons since they were little, they've had no formal training in rescue. "It was more instinct," she says. 

    The boys were thrilled over being able to help and Amy, who was equally impressed, posted a "proud mom" picture on Facebook celebrating her two smart cookies. But that photo quickly went viral online, catching the family off guard. 

  • Through a friend of Amy's older son, the boys' story caught the attention of Theresa Gabarone, an Ohio state representative. 

    Amy's 16-year-old son is friends with Theresa's son through their high school hockey and lacrosse teams, which is how Theresa came across the amazing story. 

    "Theresa saw it on social media and thought it was incredible," Amy says. And as a way to thank Peyton and Bryant, Theresa arranged to give the boys recognition after a swim lesson at the pool in their hometown of Bowling Green, Ohio. Theresa arrived with a reporter in tow and of course, Amy recorded the happy event. "It was just a proud a day," she says. 

    Amy tells us that her family genuinely had no idea that what her boys had done was so special. But the overwhelmingly positive response has taught her otherwise. "We’re finding out more and more that it truly was an awesome thing that they did," she says. "A lot of parents just stood around and let a 6-year-old jump in and save a little girl."

    And sharing the day on Facebook, Amy added that the day was "such an honor for our little heroes to be recognized for their bravery and quick thinking!"

  • Amy says that the recognition has far from gone to her sons' heads.

    Peyton and Bryant Switzer
    Amy Walter

    Amy says that her sons are "very, very, excited about [their recognition]. We’ve gone a lot of places since then everywhere we go they get a lot of high fives and they grin ear to ear."

    But she says her kids don't think too highly of themselves for lending a helping hand, they know that "anybody should help someone when they’re drowning."

    And at the end of the day, Amy attributes her son's honorable actions to their good hearts. "They're very loving and caring children," she says.