- Associated Press - Monday, July 31, 2017

STARR, S.C. (AP) - Robert Reynolds, an Army veteran from Starr, was riding his personal watercraft across Lake Hartwell on June 18 when a group of people starting waving frantically to get his attention.

Moments later, he saw 12-year-old Brooke Gordon in the water.

“Something told me to look back and when I did, that is when I noticed Brooke,” Reynolds recalled Tuesday night.

He hoisted Brooke onto his personal watercraft and raced toward shore at the Singing Pines Recreation Area. After getting Brooke on land, Reynolds began performing CPR and managed to revive her.

Reynolds and Brooke hugged Tuesday night at the Anderson County Council meeting where he was honored for saving her life. Council members approved a resolution commending Reynolds for his “extraordinary bravery, courage and heroism.”

Standing beside Reynolds in a hallway outside the council chambers, Brooke said she remembers little from the day when she almost drowned.

“As soon as I went under, I blacked out,” said Brooke, who recently turned 13.

After getting a phone call that day from Brooke’s mother, Joey King said he raced to Anderson from the family’s home in Madison County, Georgia. He said Reynolds performed an amazing feat in rescuing Brooke.

“Because of him I got to celebrate another birthday with my daughter,” King said.

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Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, https://www.andersonsc.com

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