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Honoring a young hero

"Five-year-old Shawn Williams is a real hero. Last week, he saved the life of his little brother, Trevor, 4, after Trevor fell into a deep pond in the boys' backyard. Shawn and Trevor were playing together Feb. 5, kicking a football around the yard for their two dogs to chase, said the boys' aunt, Casey Case, with whom they live.The football wound up in a drainage pond on the property. The boys went to the edge of the pond to try to retrieve the ball when one of the dogs pushed Trevor.The water in the pond is deceptively deep - about seven feet in the middle with very little slope leading to the edges.Trevor sunk in the freezing water, splashing and gasping for air. Luckily, his brother was there. Shawn grabbed Trevor's t-shirt and pulled him up out of the water.I saw Trevor fall in the pond, Shawn said, as he and Trevor played a high-intensity game of running in circles around the living room and jumping over one another. He sinked in and swam back up. I pulled him up, he said, panting.Case said Shawn knows he's a hero for saving his brother's life. It feels good, he said.Case said she had been outside watching the boys play and had stepped inside for a minute. She went back out when she lost sight of Trevor. She called 911 when she saw Shawn had pulled him out of the pond.Medics checked on Trevor, who was breathing and walking, but not talking. Case said he was very pale and cold. The medics said if Shawn hadn't been there or hadn't had the presence of mind to act, Trevor would have drowned.The day after Trevor fell in, Case and her husband put a wire fence around the pond. Trevor crawled under it the next day to see where he almost drowned, she said.Now, they're filling the pond with river rock. Fire District 7 Chief Mike Brown recognized Shawn's quick thinking at the Fire Commissioners' Feb. 8 meeting. Shawn received a helmet and a certificate for rescuing Trevor.Trevor paused from bounding around the living room to interject his take on the situation. I got a teddy bear from a fireman, he said. "

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