LIFE SAVER — Bryson Cushing, left, smiles as he stands beside Rosalee Sutton, a neighbor who had fallen in the bushes in front of her home and couldn't get up. Bryson got help and lifted her up. Courtesy Photo
LIFE SAVER — Bryson Cushing, left, smiles as he stands beside Rosalee Sutton, a neighbor who had fallen in the bushes in front of her home and couldn't get up. Bryson got help and lifted her up. Courtesy Photo
Falling down can be very scary and it can be especially frightening when you fall in between bushes in your front yard and are elderly. But never fear, the fright Rosalee Sutton felt Tuesday as she was trimming the bushes in her yard, lost her balance, fell and couldn't get up, departed quickly.

Sutton, of Independence, said she was "screaming at the top of my lungs" to try to get the attention of her son, Marty, or grandson, Casey, who lived just across the street from her. Speaking with her by telephone Thursday afternoon, Sutton told IDR, "I fell and went down in the bushes between them and the house and nobody could see me. I screamed for I don't know how long."

Sutton said she was looking through the bushes and saw a guy riding his bicycle by her but didn't know who it was. "I hollered, 'Sir, help me.' And he said, 'Where are you,'" she said with a chuckle. "I told him I was down in the bushes and he came right on over. Then he looked at me and it dawned on him who I was. It embarrassed me. He said, 'Rosalee?' I said, 'Yes.' So he tried to get me out but the way my legs were in the bushes he couldn't." The young man, Bryson, Indy Bulldog football player and son of Lisa Cushing, owner of Saturday With My Sister in downtown Independence, then went across the street to have Sutton's grandson come and help him get her up off the ground. "He ran right over there and got them. Casey (Sutton's grandson) came over and he got behind me and helped me up," she said, adding her son, Marty Sutton, chastised her for not having her cell phone on her person. "I told him my phone was out in the car," she snickered. "He told me, 'You keep that phone on you.' Now, I've got my little holder here that snaps on my pants and I'm going to carry that thing with me."

Sutton said it was frightening. "It scared me. I thought I was going to be there all night," she said. "Bryson being on his bicycle going by was perfect timing. He had been to, I believe it was either soccer practice or football practice, and he was late getting home because he had been late a couple of nights before so his mom jumped all over him when he got home. He explained to her that he had stopped here to help me. Then he was alright, he got out of trouble." Sutton said she and Bryson's mom (Cushing) felt the young man deserved to be recognized for helping her. Sutton spoke with Cushing after the incident. Both agreed that Bryson's actions represent the very best of the community, noting skin color "makes no difference."

"I think I wiped some of the bushes out but I cannot thank Bryson enough for what he did. Black lives do matter," Sutton exclaimed passionately.

Sutton noted that she had no injuries, only some soreness from the fall.