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Mother says son saved from drowning by family dog

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A Marcellus woman says their family dog saved her son's life.  Patricia Drauch says she was heading to her garage with her 14-month-old son, Stanley, when she noticed he was not following her.

She found him face-up in the water and, she says, he appeared to be blue.  Drauch told police that the family dog, a black lab named Bear, was in the pool and holding Stanley out of the water on the dog's back.

"That image of seeing your child like that, it doesn't go away. It's still in my mind," says Drauch.

Drauch rushed her son to the nearby Marcellus Fire Department.  Stanley regained consciousness while in the car.  He was checked out at the station, then taken to a hospital in Three Rivers where he was treated and released.

Drauch says, "There's no water in his lungs, so we all believe if it wasn't for Bear holding him up out of the water, he would have sunk down."

The family is calling Bear a hero.

Meantime, the Drauch's are working to put up a fence around the pool.

 

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