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Neighbor awarded for helping save 1 year-old near drowning victim

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Miracles do happen and the Phoenix Fire Department said one took place just a few weeks ago after a one year old little boy fell into a backyard pool. Thursday the woman who helped save him was recognized and the baby's mom is speaking out in hopes of saving another child.

On February 28, 1 year-old Stryder grub fell into a pool, stopped breathing, and was unresponsive.
    
Elizabeth Pappas performed CPR on the boy, "the training kicked in I said please you can't go don't go it's not your time".
    
Pappas lives across the street and was making breakfast when Stryder's dad ran into her back yard screaming for help she ran out and immediately began CPR.

Moments before Stryder was in his walker in the backyard pool, his father had stepped away for a brief second.

Even at the hospital Stryder remained lifeless, "when I got there it was not good I kept asking the doctor why won't he open his eyes, why won't he open his my eyes," said Terri grub.

The Phoenix Fire Department said that drowning is a silent killer and that this story is usually told with a very different ending
    
"We had 4 incidents within a weeks time of drowning a two those were fatal," said Ruben Saavedra with phoenix fire.

Captain Ruben Saavedra said in 2013 that the Phoenix Fire Department responded to 62 drowning calls. Of those 20 were fatal and 4 were children.

"He's a strong little guy, just rammed his walker right into the gate," said Grub. The Grub's have a pool fence but the latch failed. Mom has learned first hand that supervision is the only thing that saves lives.

As she stood by her side this afternoon Terri Grub watched her neighbor receive an award. She is grateful that Pappas acted so quickly.

Pappas who is a mom of two had taken a CPR class years ago. Phoenix Fire said that classes are available through the United Professional Firefighters Association. They're held every Wednesday and it costs $30 to get certified in CPR.

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