Teenager loses a friend, saves a life and learns a lot about himself

Published: Monday, July 29 2013 4:55 p.m. MDT

Eventually, his sister got in touch with the boy's mother who reported that the child was doing well.

"It was a giant relief," Angel said. "I was extremely happy."

Not long after, Angel's family learned that the teenager would be receiving a lifesaver award from the city of West Jordan. West Jordan Fire Chief Marc McElreath said the awards are given to civilians who intervene in situations and save someone.

Once the 4-year-old boy had been pulled from the pool, revived and was en route to the hospital, McElreath said the child's mother explained what Angel had done.

"I think Angel, being (15) years old, showed great composure and saw a situation that didn't look right and acted above his age level to actually go investigate and take action to pull the 4-year-old out of the pool, which is remarkable," the fire chief said, also praising the child's mother for her CPR efforts.

"It was a very nice experience for me," Angel said of receiving the award, "because I was very excited that I could finally meet the little kid. He was very interactive."

Lessons learned

He said the boy's mother spoke at the meeting when the award was given and said that she would always watch news reports about things like the near-drowning and wonder where the child's parent was.

Angel says sometimes things just happen.

"And sometimes it will have a good outcome like this or sometimes it will have a bad outcome, but it just all happens."

He said he's learned from Edwin's death, and from the life-saving day for the 4-year-old.

"It's just something that happened and I had to get used to it and I was hoping for something good to happen and it just came to me," Angel said.

And while being called a hero was weird at first, it still makes him smile. And it has him looking forward.

Losing Edwin didn't keep him from walking places; it actually prompted him to walk more. He said he pays attention while driving and said he won't even listen to music when on the road.

This has all confirmed his plan to become a trauma doctor, because he sees the good doctors can do.

"I want to have that feeling of saving someone's life," he said. "I really like that feeling."

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