In their quest to “catch them all,” two Springfield boys playing Pokemon Go this week stumbled across an injured neighbor in need of serious help.
Mary Barch of Stevison Drive in Springfield Twp. fell in her back yard Wednesday afternoon and called for help.
Around the same time 10-year-old Carson Rust and his cousin, 8-year-old Adam Eubanks, were running around the neighborhood trying to catch Pokemon characters on the smartphone game, Pokemon Go.
“I heard some voices … and I looked around and there was these two boys down there by my shed — so I yelled at them ‘Help! Could you come help me! I fell and I can’t get up!’” Barch said.
The Pokemon Go game sends players on a hunt around nearby locations, using GPS maps of the area on their smartphones to search for the Pokemon characters that they catch and train inside the game world.
Adam and Carson heard the calls for help as they were near Barch’s shed trying to catch one of the Pokemon.
“She needed help, so we ran over there,” Carson said.
She doesn’t know how long she would have been lying there helpless, Barch said, if the boys weren’t near her yard playing the game.
“I don’t know what I’d have done if it wasn’t for these two boys,” she said.
Barch went to Springfield Regional Medical Center to be checked out and learned she had a broken wrist, she said.
“It was a hot day — like 90 degrees,” Carson said explaining why he was glad they found Barch quickly.
Adam said being called a “hero” for what he and Carson did was “crazy.”
“We did our good deed for the day!,” the boy said.
The Pokemon Go game has caused a stir across the country since its release last week.
It’s been credited with getting more people outside and walking, including seeing historical and cultural sites.
One girl in Wyoming discovered a dead body while playing the game. Others said robbers are using the game, in which people walk around communities in search for characters, to lure in victims.
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Carson and Adam haven’t caught any Pokemon in the game, they said, but want to continue playing the it. They like that it’s a video game that gets them moving outside, Carson said.