Good Samaritan Talks About Rescuing Shocked Girls

Two young girls were hurt Wednesday night after being shocked while playing near a Pottstown, Pa. baseball field where a high school game was being played.

The girls -- a 7-year-old and 8-year-old Amanda Stone -- were playing near the Pottsgrove High School baseball field batting cages around 6 p.m. when they suddenly were jolted by electricity, according to Lower Pottsgrove Police.

"We heard her yell, 'I can't breath,'" said Spring-Ford baseball player Josh Cratsenberg who was playing Pottsgrove at the time.

The shock left both the girls suffering from burns but the girls are expected to be OK, according to authorities.

Bare wires from a faulty electrical box came in contact with the metal frame of the cage causing it to become electrified, school officials said.

The seven-year-old was able to let go of the cage but Stone was unable to get away.

In stepped Good Samaritan Bryan Larkin who came to the girl's rescue.


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"She said, 'it won't let me go,'" Larkin told NBC Philadelphia. "I pulled her off the pipes and when I did that I put my hands up against the pipe myself and I got shocked."

The girls were crying but otherwise seemed to be OK, Larkin said.

Larkin refused treatment.

The girls were taken to local hospitals.

School officials were looking into what caused the electrical problem. An electrician was also on the school grounds Thursday checking other electrical outlets on the ball fields, officials said.

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