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Gov. Bevin honors first responders who rescued a Madison County girl, 3, lost for 15 hours

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

Gov. Matt Bevin honored a group of first responders who helped rescue a missing Madison County girl last month during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

Three-year-old Eden Hines walked away from her home around 1:30 Sunday afternoon on Oct. 14, prompting an intensive search by 30 different organizations, with 1,100 to 1,200 participants including volunteers from the community.

First responders honored for the rescue of a 3-year-old Madison County girl.

Jackson County Deputy Sheriff Zach Ryan was one of those who found her around 4:30 the next morning.  

He says someone told him they found the insole of a boot that looked like it belonged to a little girl.

“We took it to the trooper who was coordinating the search, ” Ryan said. “He took the insole back to the mom, which was a match to the same one Eden’s twin sister had.”

Ryan said they returned to the site of the discovery in a wooded area.  

Eden Hines, rescued after being lost for 15 hours in Madison County

“I started shining a light, and I could hear what I thought was a deer.  I looked down by my feet, and there she was, asleep on a rock.  When I hollered for other searchers, she woke up and began crying for her mom.”

After Eden was found safe, she was taken to a hospital to be checked out and was back with her family just a few hours later.

Bevin told the group how impressed he was with them.

“I just wanted to honor each of you and thought about different ways we could do that. I thought I’d promote you all to the same rank, so you won’t be pulling any rank on each other. Every one of you will become a Kentucky Colonel.”

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