SVENSEN, Ore. -- A father was able to thank the man who swooped in and saved his little girls' lives last month.
On February 20th, Jessica Rath, 26, crashed her car near Naselle, Washington and died. Her daughters, ages 2 and 4, survived but were stranded in the woods for hours until strangers found them.
Scott Beutler was commuting to work with his friend when he noticed missing bark on a tree located on a remote highway. Beutler moved closer to investigate and found a crumbled car, and Rath, the driver, dead inside. Feet away he spotted her daughters, 4-year-old Aryianna Rath and 2-year-old Lylah Huff.
"They were just staring at me and I said, 'babies are you okay?' The oldest one started crying," recalled Beutler.
Aryianna was hurt, but managed to pull her 2-year-old sister from the car. She kept her covered with a blanket, and they held on to each other until help arrived.
"She's my hero. We were just doing a deed. She saved her sister's life," said Beutler.
Friday, the girls' father, Keaton Huff, met Beutler for the first time and thanked him.
"It takes a lot of guts to walk down to a site like that and if he hadn't done it, you know... we just thank God for him," said Huff.
Lylah was badly hurt in the crash. She suffered a collapsed lung and broken legs. Her condition continues to improve. Aryianna's injuries were not as severe. She received cuts and bruises.
Jessica Rath's family said she crashed because she fell asleep at the wheel. Recently, a private memorial was held for her.
Friday, in her hometown there was a rummage sale with proceeds going toward medical bills and other expenses. Contributions can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank to the Rath-Huff Benefit Fund.
Contributions to the family can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank to the Rath-Huff Benefit Fund.