12-Year-Old Recognized for Life Saving Effort that Saved Drowning Boy’s Life at the Shore

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TUCKERTON, NJ – A 12-year-old girl was at a family gathering in June when she noticed a boy distressed in the pool. This week, she was recognized by the New Jersey State Police for her quick actions that saved the boy’s life.

“Yesterday, Lieutenant Charlee-Jo Steet, Tuckerton Station Commander, welcomed Conchita Pedraza-Garcia, her mother and sister to the station. Lieutenant Steet and the Tuckerton troopers recognized Conchita for her quick actions during a medical assist recently,” the NJSP said in a statement today.

On June 18, Conchita was at a family gathering within Tuckerton’s station area when she observed a 9-year-old boy drowning in a pool. Without hesitation, Conchita alerted adults of the drowning boy and life-saving measures began immediately. The little boy was transported to an area hospital and has since made a full recovery.”

“We commend Conchita for recognizing that the boy was in distress and her quick thinking to get an adult. Her actions undoubtedly prevented a tragedy,” the NJSP said,