Heroic boy tells how he saved sister from drowning

MESA, AZ - People are calling a 9-year-old boy a hero after he saved his baby sister's life with CPR.

According to Mesa Fire Department spokesman Capt. Forrest Smith, the girl fell into her grandmother's swimming pool around 9 a.m. Sunday near Sossaman and Guadalupe roads.

Smith said the girl's mother found her floating in the pool and pulled her out. She was placed on the ground unconscious and not breathing. Her 9-year-old brother, Tristin Saghin started to perform CPR, saying he learned it from watching television.

Tristin tells me, "I just went running outside and I did CPR on her. I knew what I was doing."

After a few stressful minutes, Tristin said his 2-year-old sister started to breath again.

Paramedics took the young girl to the hospital. Thanks to Tristin, she is expected to be fine.

"I couldn't imagine what was going through his mind," Smith said. "Here he is, in a situation where most of us, if we had a family member in that position, as parents we tend to really panic and be concerned. I tell you, we really give kudos out to him."

They say courage comes in all sizes, and Tristin seems to have more than someone twice his height. He says he would do anything for his little sister.

"She's really beautiful and I love her very much," Tristin said.

Tristin and his family are in town from Las Vegas visiting their grandmother.

City officials are considering giving Tristin an award for his quick reaction and skill.

This is the third drowning call in the Valley in the last two days.

On Saturday, a 3-year-old girl died after she was found in a family swimming pool around 3:30 p.m. in Mesa.

A few hours later, a 7-year-old girl was pronounced dead after she was found in an above-ground swimming pool in south Phoenix.

There have been 28 drowning calls in Maricopa County so far this year. Of the 28 water related incidents reported, 14 people have died; nine adults and five children.

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