Boy honored for saving toddler from drowning

BRIGHTON, Colo. — Firefighters presented a lifesaving award to an 8-year-old boy in Brighton on Wednesday night.

The boy, Xander, was honored for his heroic efforts in saving his brother, Maddox, from drowning in a pool.

On Aug. 19, the Brighton Fire Department was dispatched to a drowning at an apartment complex. Upon arrival, firefighters found a 3-year-old who was semiconscious and breathing.

Maddox was transported to Children’s Hospital Colorado and has since recovered.

According to family members, at the time of the incident, Maddox was attending a family birthday party at an apartment complex.

Maddox was there with Xander and their mother. The mother had turned her back to make the kids something to eat when Maddox jumped or fell into the pool.

It’s unclear how long Maddox was underwater, but Xander spotted his brother in trouble and pulled him from the water while alerting the adults to the emergency.

At that time, the adults were able to help Xander and Maddox out of the pool, and a family member administered CPR until help arrived.

The Brighton Fire Rescue District honored Xander for his lifesaving efforts by presenting him with a plaque and dinner at the firehouse on Wednesday night.