Teen commended for saving nephew’s life

Published 10:31 am Thursday, August 15, 2019

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It was a call that no 911 dispatcher wants to receive; a call that every first responder dreads.

A 3-year-old had fallen into a swimming pool and was drowning.

It turned out better than those officials first feared – much better, thanks to the work of Zander Freeman, 16.

The teen-ager had jumped into the pool and rescued his young relative, brought them back to life on July 3.

Last week, he was honored by the Davie EMS and Davie County Board of Commissioners with a special plaque. EMS Chief Joseph Ashburn presented the commendation, after which Zander received a standing ovation.

Davie County Emergency Services, along with Farmington Fire Department and Davie County Rescue Squad, responded, but when they arrived, Zander had already jumped into the pool and revived his young nephew who had started crying (a good sound to hear).

“The 3 year old has recovered but without the brave assistance of his uncle would not be here today,” Ashburn said.

The commendation/certificate was presented to Zander in recognition of his bravery and for jumping into the pool to rescue his nephew.

Emergency Services has also offered to sponsor Zander in getting his EMS certificate should he chose that as a career field.