- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A U.S. Army Ranger says he went into “tunnel vision” and prayed for God’s assistance before saving the life of a drowning 6-year-old girl.

Spc. Luke Smith and two fellow members of the 75th Ranger Regiment ran to a Fort Benning, Georgia, pool party on July 11 when they heard cries for help. Sgt. Khali Pegues, Spc. Smith’s supervisor, said he knew the Ranger’s CPR training would likely be needed, the Defense Departmentreported Tuesday.

“We got over there and then I went into a tunnel vision,” Spc. Smith said, the Defense Department reported.

The Ranger went to work as soon as he realized no one else around had his skill set.

“As I was giving her chest compressions. I was staring her in the face and praying,” Spc. Smith said, the Defense Department reported. “Please God, let me save this little girl.”

The former Boy Scout and Maryland native eventually succeeded in reviving the little girl upon administering three cycles of chest compressions.

“I just did what anyone else would have done in that situation,” the Ranger said, the Defense Department reported. “I did what I was supposed to do. If I wasn’t there, someone else would have done it. I do not feel like a hero.”


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