Four people who helped rescue a 6-year-old Utah girl who fell into a motel swimming pool have been honored in Pocatello as outstanding citizens.
The four were recognized Tuesday during the annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast co-sponsored by the Pocatello and Chubbuck police departments.Shauna Forrest and her parents, Lora and Shane Forrest of West Valley City, were on hand as awards were given to Pocatellans Josette Rodriguez, Chalayne Thornock, Darla Sorenson and Blackfoot school teacher Phil Rohr.
Last July 3 Rodriguez, a maid at the Holiday Inn here, saw the child lying at the bottom of the swimming pool. Rodriguez, a senior at Pocatello High School, dived into the pool and with the assistance of another maid, Thornock, pulled the child out of the water. Sorenson and Rohr then began resuscitation efforts.
The girl was revived at the pool side and was transported by paramedics to Bannock Regional Medical Center. She suffered no permanent injury or damage.
Thornock said she and Rodriguez were shampooing a turf carpet at the pool. "Everything happened pretty fast. I don't remember anything except hearing Josette call out for me to help her," she said.