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Hero, boys reunite at swim practice

3 years 10 months 6 hours ago July 25, 2013 Jul 25, 2013 Thursday, July 25 2013 July 25, 2013 9:19 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

BATON ROUGE - After a News 2 story spotlighted a man who saved two boys from drowning, the Capital City YMCA felt inspired to give Trevez Tanzy, 12, and Carlton Johnson, 13, a second chance at facing their fears.

"Next time they come around water they don't have that fear, and maybe they might end up saving someone else's life," YMCA swim instructor Jonathan Lee said.

Since the boys' brush with death in May, they've gone through a scholarship program that gives swim lessons to children several times a week.

Those lesson often include a familiar face.

"Just to see them pop back up with smiles on their face, it uplifted me a lot," Sherman Jackson said. "Just to see them from then to now, it's a total difference. It's almost like different people."

Jackson saved both the boys who doctors say were underwater for three minutes by himself. Since his brave actions, he refuses to call himself a hero. But he will say he's grown close to Trevez and Carlton.

"You just can't explain it," he said.

The boys did not know how to swim at all when they nearly drown. They're now swimming the length of the pool.

Trevez wants to one day teach his children to swim.

Carlton plans to use what he's learned at YMCA to one day join the Marines.


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