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April 25, 2011

Ariz. boy who saved sister aspires to be Army medic

By EMS1 Staff

MESA, Ariz. — The 9-year-old Arizona boy who used CPR he’d learned from watching television to save his drowning sister last week is an aspiring Army medic, according to the East Valley Tribune.

Tristin Saghin revived his 2-year-old sister, Brooke, after she was discovered floating in their grandmother's pool last Sunday, according to the report.

The boy told the Tribune that he performed a series of three compressions followed by one breath on his sister, a technique Tristan said he learned from the film "Black Hawk Down." He repeated the process three times, according to the article, and on the third cycle, "She started to scream and she spit water up," Tristin said.

Tristin became the Mesa Fire Department’s first honorary paramedic at Mesa Fire Station No. 209 on Friday, according to the article. He was also awarded a certificate of bravery from the Arizona Army National Guard.

Brooke was released from the Banner Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa on Wednesday, according to the article. Dr. Joseph Winchell from Banner Cardon told the Tribune Brooke suffered slight damage to her liver, but Tristan’s quick actions prevented any brain damage.