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9/22/04-Tennessee Colony

Teens Honored For Saving Friend's Life

Quick action and quick thinking by some East Texas teenagers: Now, they are being honored for saving a friend.
The teens, all from Anderson county, pulled together when their friend's life was on the line. It happened in the small community of Tennessee Colony.
Shayla Crockett, Michael Arnold, Jordan Barnett, and Robert Drury are all being praised as heroes.
When her brother Shawn disappeared during an afternoon at the pool on August 25th, 16-year-old Shayla Crockett first thought it was a joke.
"He told me he was going to go see what time it was," Shayla said. "About 3 minutes later I noticed that he was missing."
Moments later, it became obvious it was no joke. Shawn, 18,  had suffered a seizure and fell back into the pool.
"When they noticed him at the bottom of the pool they were like is that him?" Shayla said. 
"Michael went down there and got him," said 17-year-old Bobby Drury. "Me and him brought him to the side, we swam him up, pulled him out."
"I pushed him up," 15-year-old Michael Arnold said. "When I did, I realized he wasn't playing because he was just floating there.
Jordan Barnett, 14, immediately realized Shawn needed CPR. "I said, 'Michael you need to start pumping his chest and stop when I tell you too. Shayla when I tell him to stop I need you to give him mouth to mouth.' "
When Shawn didn't start breathing, Shayla called 9-1-1 on her cell phone. The call came into the Palestine Regional EMS unit.

Dispatcher: 9-1-1 ambulance what is your emergency?
Shayla: He fell in the pool and he's not breathing!
Dispatcher: Okay, I can't hear you real good, you're breaking up. Where are you at?
Shayla: Coffield Unit swimming pool!
Shayla: Breathe baby! It sounds like he's having trouble breathing!
Dispatcher: Tilt his head back to where he has got a clear airway.
Shayla: Tilt his head back so he has a clear airway.
Dispatcher: While you do that I'm going to page out first responders.

The page went to the Tennessee Colony fire department where Eddie Crockett is chief. It was a call for help for his own children.
"When I heard the page come out, I immediately knew who and what was happening over there," Chief Crockett said. "A firefighter's worse fear is having a call of their own family.
 One month later, father and son were side by side.
"It's a God send that he's here because they did know what to do at that point and time."
Shawn said he has nothing but thanks for his sister and his friends.
"I'm grateful to have her, Shawn said. "I'm just grateful I had friends like that, willing to risk their lives to save my own."
Those friends along with Shayla were honored by their community Tuesday night.
The teens don't think of themselves as heroes, but there's a whole community behind them that would argue otherwise.
The four teenagers recieved letters commending their work from congressional Senator John Cornyn and state Senator Todd Staples.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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