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8-year-old hailed for saving younger cousin from drowning

February 26, 2020 GMT

LISBON, N.H. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl has been awarded the American Red Cross’s Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action after saving her younger cousin from drowning.

Victoria Lombardi used her water rescue training when her 5-year-old cousin Ariana Chattin stepped onto a frog pond that was 5 feet deep and was covered in blue-green algae, The Caledonian Record reported. The girls were at a family picnic last August in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania.

Lombardi was given the award Tuesday by Maria Devlin, the CEO of the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont, at a reception at Evergreen Sports Center. Evergreen is where Lombardi learned the rescue procedure used to save her cousin.

Lombardi used the “Reach, Throw, Don’t Go” rescue procedure she learned in a Red Cross class. She said it made her feel good to save someone’s life and encourages more people to learn water safety skills.

Lombardi’s mother, Lori, said she doesn’t think her daughter fully grasps the magnitude of her efforts.