Lost Boys Rescued By Cleveland Co. Sheriff's Deputies, K9


Tuesday, June 28th 2016, 2:30 pm
By: News 9


A family in Noble is thankful for the safe return of their two boys.

This after Cleveland County deputies were able to rescue them after they got lost in the woods near SE 156 and Post Oak Rd.

This all happened Friday afternoon when temperatures were in the upper 90s. The boys say they were just out exploring a wooded area near their home. They took a wrong turn and found out they needed help.

“It was the most scariest thing in my life,” said 8-year-old Collin Griffin.

Both he and his 12-year-old brother Trenton are just thankful deputies were able to find them, and that's all because Trenton had his cell phone with him.

“If he didn't have his phone,  we would have been goners,” said Collin.

But Trenton was having a hard time getting a signal.

“There was a ton of thorns we went through, we had to go through a barbed wire fence,” said Trenton.

They have the cuts and scratches to prove it, too.

Trenton said as they trekked through the insect infested woods, he tried to keep his little brother calm while he searched for a nearby power line.

He was getting worried since his phone was running out of battery life. He finally got a signal and called 911 for help, after the calls to his parents wouldn’t go through.

Cleveland County deputies were able to ping the phone's general area and rushed to the scene. They then used their K-9 Django to pick up the boys' scent and track them down.

But it wasn't easy.           

“Yeah it was about 95 degrees with a humidity,” said Cleveland County deputy Travis Shroyer, Django’s handler. "That was ridiculous. It was very, very hot.”

“You're just praying they’re okay,” said deputy Alex Stasyszen. “And we are thankful that the cell phone did ping. And our dispatch did an amazing job keeping them on the phone.  Because it was a needle in the haystack. We would have had no clue where they were at.”

Fortunately, Django had no problem finding the brothers, despite all the obstacles.

And the boy's mom is just glad someone was watching over her boys, and that deputies brought them back home safe and sound.

“I didn't cry until I saw them,” said Kelli Griffin, the boys’ mom.

The two Griffin brothers only suffered a few minors scrapes and scratches on their legs and their arms. They were out in the woods a total of two hours before deputies were able to find them and they say they learned a very valuable lesson.