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12-Year-Old Hero Awarded

By: Marise Estime
By: Marise Estime

10-26-06

A 12-year-old girl hailed as a hero for saving her brother's life is being recognized today.

Sunday afternoon Alfreda Gunn was home with several family members when their two-bedroom trailer caught fire.

Gunn's four-year-old brother was trapped beneath the bed and overcome with smoke. The sixth grader ran outside with his lifeless body in her arms and performed CPR, saving his life.

Today Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young presented Gunn with a plaque for her bravery and heroism.

Alfreda Gunn said, "It surprised me after I thought about it. I looked back and said that's my family and I can't leave them here."

Gunn learned the lifesaving technique at Chattahoochee Elementary School and while watching health shows on television.

Though she does not consider herself a hero, Gunn's family is grateful for her heroic actions.


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