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Disabled man saved from Mesa canal is reunited with his rescuer

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A disabled man and his wife meet the woman they call a hero after he nearly drowned in a valley canal, and she was the only one who heard his cries for help and came to his rescue.

"She made sure I was okay, then just disappeared," said Carey Hendrix.

Carey Hendrix calls 72-year-old Pat his angel and he may be right.

"God has a way of bringing everyone together," he said.

Hendrix was riding his scooter along a Mesa canal when he dropped something. He bent down to pick it up, the next thing you know, Carey's scooter was in the canal and he was in trouble.

"I'd gone outside to trim some grass around the house, and I heard somebody hollering help me, help me," said Pat.

"I just about gave up," said Hendrix.

"All I saw his head and one arm... I said are you all right, he says no," said Pat.

Giving it all she's got, Pat was able to pull Carey to safety.

"I really appreciate it," he said.

After Pat had saved Hendrix's life, she went home. On Tuesday, she, Carey and their families met for the first time.

"I love you Pat, you gave my life back to me, and my family, if it weren't for you, my wife would be planning my funeral," said Hendrix.

The two families now share a special bond, as for Pat, she says she didn't do anything that anyone else wouldn't have done. She was just in the right place at the right time. 
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