Two Children And Lifeguards Honored For Pool Rescue


UPDATED: Tuesday August 20, 2013 8:43 AM

The Newark Fire Department honored two children and lifeguards for rescuing a five-year-old from the bottom of a pool in July.
 
Emily Barnes nearly drowned in the Hollander Pool earlier this summer.
 
Tristyn Knotts pulled her out of the water.
 
"I'm happy...very happy," Tristyn Knotts said.
 
"I went in the deep end. I went down a slide. I drowned and a little boy came and saved me," Barnes told 10TV.
 
Tristyn's sister Olivia originally spotted the young girl floating at the bottom of the pool.
 
"I'm pretty happy that I saved Emily," says Olivia Knotts.
 
The brother and sister duo were honored by the Newark Fire Department Monday night during a City Council meeting.
 
The YMCA lifeguards who revived Emily were also honored with life saving awards.
 
"It's amazing enough to know that the little girl is ok. Their family is amazing, but this is just an extra bonus for the kids to feel more proud of what they did," says Olivia and Tristyn's mother, Alyssa Knotts.
 
For the Knotts, it's another reminder of a life lesson.
 
"I teach them to always be aware, to never go anywhere alone, and stick together in a group," Alyssa Knotts said.
 
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