Sheriff: Teens saved wheel-chair bound woman's life during domestic assault
By WRCB Staff
MCMINN COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -
Two quick-thinking teens saved the life of a wheelchair-bound woman during a domestic assault Tuesday.
Devon Green, 15, and Chase McCallister, 13, overheard an argument at a neighbors home on McMinn County Road 756.
The boys saw a woman come outside her home, in her wheelchair, and scream for help. She was pulled back inside by suspect Timothy Hitt, 36.
"I guess she was so scared that she was walking, she was trying to run and jump off the porch," Devon Green said, "Trying to get in the car but then he'd hit her and grab her back in the house, wouldn't let her go."
"And we've never heard someone scream that loud," Chase McCallister said, "And I told him to call the cops, he looked at me and we both agreed and called the cops."
The teens called 911 and reported the assault. The stayed on the line until help arrived.
“Chase and Devon were very courageous to make call,” said Sheriff Joe Guy. “They did a great job in staying on the line and keeping the dispatcher and our responding deputies updated with what was happening.”
Police found the female victim inside the home injured and unconscious.
Officers told Devon's mom her son helped save their neighbor's life.
"From what I understand she was in critical condition," Tiffany Green said, "10 more minutes, 15 more minutes, she would have been beaten to death."
The investigation revealed Hitt had not only assaulted the woman, but had also threatened another young boy at the residence. Officers also believed a knife had been involved.
Hitt was placed under arrest for aggravated domestic assault and especially aggravated kidnapping.
He was transported to the McMinn Co Jail where he remains in custody under a $40,000 bond. "I feel good about it because it saved her," Devon Green said, "And it got him taken away from her and put in jail for a while so he can't do that to nobody else."
Sheriff Joe Guy says whenever his deputies go above and beyond he recognizes them with a letter of commendation.
But for the first time under his watch -- the praise is going to someone other than an officer.
"I feel very honored because we know that we did a good deed and we set a good example," McCallister said.
Chase McCallister and Devon Green were presented with commendation letters at the McMinn County Sheriff's Office Friday.
"I just think that the example they set, there's a little courage involved here to step out there, put yourself out there to report something," Sheriff Guy said.