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Teen unknowingly records audio of dramatic rescue after tornado

Posted at 4:09 PM, May 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-24 16:12:48-04

MOORE (KFOR) – A cell phone recorded audio of a teenager rescuing two young girls at Plaza Towers Elementary School Monday.

When the tornado hit the school, Jacob Lyles ran to the building and started looking for children. Lyles said he climbed through a hole and found a girl trapped under the debris.

At some point, Lyles’ cell phone, which was in his pocket, somehow started recording the rescue.

On the recording Lyles told the little girl:

“I got you sweetie, ok. How far are your legs back? Are your legs straight? Oh no, you’re tucked right here.”

Then moments later Lyles said he pulled the girl out.

The girl then told him “thank you so much.”

“I was just saying, ‘Sweetie, stay calm. We are going to get you out of here. You got a lot of stuff on you but don’t worry we are going to get you out of this,’” Lyles said.

The recording was just under two minutes long.

Lyles can be heard saying “Look at me right now. Stay calm I’m going to get you out of here, OK? Alright, baby you got a wall on you, we are going to get you out of here.”

The audio cuts off right as Lyles said he was pulling out the second girl.

Lyles discovered the recording when he returned to his home just a few blocks from the school.