‘I’m proud of him’: Milford teenager praised for rushing to help woman

MILFORD, Ohio (WXIX). A local teenager is being hailed as a hero after he helped a woman who fell over 20 feet off a hill.

Lukas Harderfer, 18, was in the right place at the right time on Wednesday night.

“I just wanted to take a short walk before sunset and dinner, go around the whole city and come back to the area,” he recalled on Thursday. “I was just walking up the hill and someone was screaming for help.”

A woman in her 70s was walking her dog when she lost her balance and fell down a hill along Craig Lane in Milford.

Hardoerfer, without thinking, rolled down the hill to save her.

“I’m used to walking in the hills around the area, so I just slid down on them and went down quite easily,” he said. “I just asked if she was okay. That’s the first thing I asked her about.”

He called 911 for help. Rescuers arrived about 30 minutes later. Throughout the ordeal, he remained by her side, holding her hand and helping to calm her down.

“People tried to come to the rescue and give us ropes and chains, but I didn’t want to move her because I didn’t want to hurt her,” he said. “I think she was really just scared. She was not very talkative. So I just sat there and was with her.”

The Milford police arrived around 6:00 pm. They found that the woman was unharmed.

“We are very grateful that someone passing by recognized that someone had come down the hill and rushed into the fray and urged security to come and help her,” said Milford Assistant Police Chief Sean Mahen.

“People should just really strive to be kind to each other and just be helpful,” the 18-year-old said. “Because you could be in that situation too.” This is the golden rule. Just treat others the way you would like to be treated.”

Harderfer’s mother, Ricky, says her son’s act of kindness is a reflex she’s seen before, especially in his job as a lifeguard.

“I was proud of him,” she said, “but not at all surprised. He is a great man.”

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