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12-year-old girl who saved drowning man honored

July 29, 2010

A 12-year-old Kansas City, Kan., girl who is credited with saving a 49-year-old man from drowning has been honored by KCK Police.

Chief Rick Armstrong presented Casandra Andrews with a special plaque Wednesday at Police Headquarters. The plaque recognized her life-saving actions taken on June 26.

That day, emergency personnel responded to the 1000 Block of Calvin on a possible drowning. Upon arrival, officers learned that a 49-year-old male had jumped in the pool for a swim. The victim began having problems and yelled for help. While several others at the pool stood by and watched, Casandra jumped in the pool and pulled the man to safety.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment and released. It was discovered the man had a pacemaker that malfunctioned in the water, causing the man to have a seizure.

Police said had Casandra not taken action, it is believed the man would have died.

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