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Good Samaritan, 2 officers rescue 8-year-old from water-filled canal

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It was a Christmas miracle for one Phoenix family after an 8-year-old girl fell into a canal. She would've drowned if it wasn't for a good samaritan who rushed over to help.

The 8-year-old and her mother walk their dog along the canal every morning, but on Monday, police say the girl got too close to the edge and fell in.

Shivering and covered with a blanket, the 8-year-old sat in a patrol car just minutes after being pulled from the canal near 50th Street and Indian School Road.

" doesn't happen very often, we don't hear of it very often.  We've lived here for a long time and never heard it before," said John Cunningham, a concerned neighbor.

Cunningham heard the sirens and a helicopter came near his home which sits right along the canal.

"It doesn't look like it's moving very fast, but it would definitely be very cold," he said.

Police say the girl knows how to swim, but started getting tired.  That's when a good samaritan saw a ladder in the backyard of a home, grabbed it and lowered it down to her.

"She was tired and could no longer swim, but she had thankfully grabbed onto the ladder," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Giogi Chiappo.

Two officers formed a human ladder and pulled the little girl to safety.

"Holding onto each other's arms and then just go down into the canal to give the little girl their hand to bring her out safely," said Chiappo.

And officers drove the 8-year-old and her mother home.  We're told she's fine, just a little shaken up.

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