Eighteen-year-old Joe Delvecchio and 15-year-old Alec Yanisko were enjoying a day of ATV-ing in Pennsylvania, where they live, when they stumbled upon a car wreck.
They saw that no one was in the car, but the car had smashed into a tree and had considerable damage. The driver of the car was nowhere to be seen.
The teens searched the car, and were able to locate a wallet that had a Sam’s Club Card in it. Thinking quickly, they googled the name right there and found that the car belonged to a federal judge that had been missing for two days.
The quick-thinking pair then reached inside the car and grabbed a Sam’s Club card that had been left inside. Suspecting that something had gone awry with the driver, the two Googled the name on the card – Edwin Kosik – and knew they immediately had to take action.
As it turns out, Kosik, a 92-year-old federal judge, had been missing for two days at that point. Due to the man’s age and stature, the story had been widely reported. When Joe and Alec realized that the elderly man was surely in trouble, they quickly went home and told their parents, who then got on the phone and called the police.
Once law enforcement showed up, the two high schoolers directed them to the man’s abandoned SUV and, from there, rescue dogs were able to safely locate the federal judge, who was found lying just 100 yards away.
Fortunately, Kosik was found alive, but relatively worse for wear. He was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in “fair” condition—pretty incredible considering the 92-year-old survived in the chilly temperatures for a full 48 hours!
The U.S. marshal that was assigned to the case was actually a friend of Kosik’s and reported that he is especially relieved that these two boys were able to think so quickly.
Currently, Kosik is still in the hospital recovering, and doctors have diagnosed him with some memory loss.
Joe and Alec are considered heroes in their town of Dunmore, although the teens say they’re happy to know that Kosik is ‘alright.’