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Lifesavers honored by Honolulu Fire Department

Amberlin Scharsch Amberlin Scharsch
Azlyn Kaopuiki Azlyn Kaopuiki

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A 14 year old girl rescues a child from drowning, an experience so fresh in her mind it still brings tears. Today she is reunited with the young life she saved. The Honolulu Fire Department honors these ordinary looking citizens who are lifesavers. Tears fall as the 14 year old remembers the day she saved a little girl from the bottom of a pool.

"I was swimming and then I got to the big side, then I drowned." Azlyn Kaopuiki said.

6 year old Azlyn was pulled out of a pearl city pool unconscious and blue.

"I just saw how she looked when I took her out of the water and brought her to the wall." Award Recipient Amberlin Scharsch said.

"Just started CPR, then again by the grace of god, she got up and walked to the ambulance and we were all amazed, all of us. It was just a miracle performed." Award Recipient Dean Hashida said.

Alyza gives the strangers who helped her a picture with a note. "Thank you for saving me." Kaopuiki said.

"I didn't think I was going to get this because them saying thank you was enough." Scharsch said.

The experience didn't seem to faze the first grader. "I do swimming lessons." Kaopuiki said.

Lifeguard Bouvey Bradbury receives the medal of valor for saving a military man from an underwater cave on the Waianae coast.

"I've dedicated my life to being a lifeguard. As the son of a fireman helping people is I guess in my blood." Bradbury said.

It's because of their bravery and willingness to risk their own lives that we call them heros.

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