16-year-old Josh Bardy has a new found respect for the boys in blue, as an officer comes to his rescue in the nick of time.
"If the police hadn't come, I don't know," Josh says.
That's because on Friday he says a group of teenagers threatened to beat him up.
His friend's mother, who lives nearby, heard the threats and tried to protect him.
"His mom grabbed a stick to try to keep them off and that's when police came," says Josh.
But only one deputy responded to the call at the Clearwater Village Apartments to take control of the unruly teens--who then got even uglier with the officer.
"The 16-year-old girl, she got all up on him and said 'what you going to do' and he threw her in the car and everybody went over there to jump on the police officer," Josh says.
That's when Josh says the officer called for backup.
"It was crazy," says Josh. "They hit him a couple of times. Police was everywhere."
Once help arrived, the officers were able to take control and make arrests.
But the teens wearing the cuffs weren't your usual suspects.
"It was about four boys and three girls and all the girls went to jail and one of the boys," Josh says.
That's right, two 17-year-old girls, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy all charged with assault and battery.
"Hopefully they can do something about it and keep them under control," says Josh.
Taking them off the streets and under a watchful eye, so Josh can now breathe a sigh of relief.
"I don't know what I would've done without him," Josh says.
The two 17-year-old females were taken to the Aiken County Detention Center while the other two juveniles were taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.