Wake Forest teen saves life of toddler

The (Jacksonville) Daily NewsJuly 4, 2013 

— Emerald Isle officials are recognizing a 17-year-old for heroic actions that saved a toddler from nearly drowning.

A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Town Administration building to recognize Katie Nickels of Wake Forest, who is vacationing in Emerald Isle. She is credited with performing CPR Tuesday night on Lilly Russel, 3, who had fallen into a swimming pool.

According to town information, Emily Russel was putting her camera away after taking a photo of her and her daughter at the edge of the pool. When she turned around, Lilly was face down in the water.

Nickels, who was certified in CPR at 15 as a babysitter, performed two rounds of CPR until Lilly began breathing on her own.

Lilly was in stable condition Wednesday at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, and is expected to recover.

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