Florida Boy Saves Drowning Toddler

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Police in Sarasota are honoring a 10-year-old boy for saving a little girl from drowning in an apartment complex swimming pool.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino applauded Alexander Castanon for his "quick thinking and bravery" during a ceremony on Wednesday.

He was swimming on April 20 while several neighbors prepared dinner on the grills beside the pool.

Officials say a relative of the 3-year-old girl jumped from the pool when flames shot from a grill. Others became distracted because of the flames. But Castanon noticed the girl had slipped from a floatation ring. He went under water and saw her face down in the pool.

The boy pulled her to the side of the pool and yelled for help. The child's relative began CPR and the little girl started breathing again.

The girl's mother says Castanon is a hero.

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