Carrie Bair (third from the left) is credited with saving her little brother's life.
Carrie (second from left) is credited with saving Jackson's life (right).
HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) -
A 9-year-old Adams County girl was honored Tuesday for saving her brother's life after she found him face down in the family pool.
" I went up there, pulled him out and pushed on his belly two times," said Carrie Bair as she recounted rescuing 3-year-old brother Jackson. "Some stuff came out and he was breathing weirdly and he made like a little noise."
The Bair family had been preparing for a family swim Saturday afternoon when the gate to the pool had somehow been left open. That's when Jackson decided to sit on the steps of the pool.
His mom, Amy Bair, said that's the last thing Jackson remembers.
But that's when Carrie's good memory kicked in: last fall she learned CPR during swim lessons at the YMCA.
"She grabbed him by his shirt, yanked him up over the deck," Amy Bair said, "When we came up, she had him ... facing out and she was like, 'Mommy, he drowned.'"
Though Amy Bair is CPR certified, she said Carrie's quick thinking under pressure is something she's not sure she'd have.
"Thing just go out the window, like you just start freaking out, and I don't know what I would've done."
But Amy Bair didn't have to do anything.
"She did it for me," she said as tears welled in her eyes.
"She's my hero," she said as she choked back tears. "I wouldn't
have a son if it wasn't for her, or at least he wouldn't be in the
condition he's in."
The moments were scary ones for everyone, including Jackson's 8-year-old sister Caeley. She was crying when Life Lion arrived to fly Jackson to Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
"I didn't know if my brother was going to die," she said.
Three days later, her tears have turned into smiles: Jackson was released from the hospital this afternoon with a clean bill of health. Amy Bair called that a miracle.
Carrie Bair was recognized Tuesday afternoon with a Lifesaver Award by members of the Penn State Hershey Life Lion Critical Care Transport team.