- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The state says a National Guard medic assisting in responding to Flint’s crisis with lead-tainted water is credited with helping to save the life of a resident.

Spc. Charles D. Colwell, who is among 65 National Guard soldiers on duty in Flint, is being recommended for the Michigan Lifesaving Medal.

Colwell says he was just happy to help the woman.

The state says Pfc. Zacharry R. Burrell was working Feb. 1 at a Flint fire station that serves as a point of distribution for water and supplies. Burrell noticed the woman who brought recyclables to the station was short of breath and struggling for her inhaler.

Burrell brought over Colwell, who also is a trained Detroit EMT. He evaluated her, recognized that she needed more emergency care and called 911.



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