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12 year old honored by Dekalb County for saving a life
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12 year old honored by Dekalb County for saving a life

 

DECATUR – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis and the Board of Commissioners commended 12-year-old Justice D. Pate for his bravery in rescuing a young child from drowning while on vacation with his family this past summer.

“Justice is a true hero in our county. He is a prime example that one person can make an extraordinary difference. Because of his quick actions on Aug. 6, a young man now has a bright future,” said CEO Ellis.

Justice, a DeKalb resident, was visiting Bridgeton, Missouri with his family to attend a family reunion in August.  The Pates were staying at a local hotel and Justice was swimming when he kicked something on the bottom of the pool.  He realized it was a child lying motionless on his back and alerted his father. Justice then dove to the bottom of the pool, raised the boy to the surface and handed him to his father and the father of the victim.  The victim was unconscious and not breathing.  The adults called 911 and began CPR.  The child was transported to a hospital where he made a full recovery. 

“We applaud Justice for his bravery and his parents for rearing such a stellar young man,” said CEO Ellis. 

 

The City Council of Bridgeton, Missouri passed a resolution commending Justice for his life saving actions.  Justice was not able to attend the council meeting so the resolution was sent to DeKalb County for presentation. 

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