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13-Year-Old Boy Hailed Hero After Saving Best Friend from Drowning at Pool Party

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A truly amazing story of quick-thinking and bravery is showing that one young man from Georgia is a hero at just 13 years old.

Kaleb Reeves and his best friend Nick Williams were at a pool party together over Memorial Day weekend when things went horribly wrong.

Someone else at the party pushed Nick into the deep end of the pool, not knowing he couldn’t swim. When Nick did not resurface, the fun and games turned serious.

Kaleb knew Nick wasn’t a swimmer. When he noticed what had happened, he told WSB-TV he was “confused, because I’ve never seen him get in the water.”

That’s when Kaleb took matters into his own hands.

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“I dove in and grabbed him, and I pulled him up,” Kaleb told WSB-TV. “I got up under him and pushed him out of the water.”

After Nick was removed from the pool, a mom performed CPR. The young man was taken to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta where he has recovered and since been released.

“I’m just very proud of him,” April Reeves, Kaleb’s mom, told WXIA-TV. “I just see that the Lord put Kaleb in the right place, at the right time, and it’s a blessing that everything turned out alright and that Nick is here with us.”



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The community is now calling Kaleb a hero. He said he’s been getting tons of new friend requests and that being called a hero “feels good.”

April Reeves told Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, that though her son has never done anything like this in the past, he’s “always been Supportive of his friends … he always puts his friends first. He is a very loving caring and kind boy.”

She calls him “one of those kids with a big heart” who sticks up for kids who are being bullied. Reeves also mentioned Kaleb has tried to teach Nick how to swim before.

Stories like this one often end in tragedy, which is why it’s so important to be prepared and aware whenever you or your loved ones are around a body of water.

“It’s never too early to teach your children basic life saving skills,” Reeves, who works in the medical field, told Liftable.

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“Anything can happen and this is one of those situations that you don’t plan on happening.”

Thankfully, in this case, Nick had his best friend there to save the day. Reeves said he hasn’t had any special training, but he’s a great listener and has learned that way.

“Don’t think, just act,” Kaleb told Liftable. “Don’t be scared to react.”

It’s because of this belief that Kaleb and Nick are now together again and their friendship is stronger than ever.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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