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EXCLUSIVE: Boy thanks hero stranger for saving his life

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BATON ROUGE - A man is getting nothing but thanks from a family they call a hero.

Saturday, Sherman Jackson saved two unresponsive boys from the Dove Creek Apartment pool in Baton Rouge.

After he told News 2 his emotional rescue story Monday, the people he saved wanted to make sure Jackson was not forgotten.

"I wasn't breathing for three minutes," 12-year-old Trevez Tanzy said. Doctors say he and his friend Carlton were dead when Jackson scooped them out of the pool.

Trevez and Carlton told the woman watching them they were fine to swim alone.

"I told her that I knew how to swim but I really didn't know," Trevez said.

When the woman turned her attention away, they swam to the deep end of the pool. He remembers swimming then falling asleep.

"Next thing this man Sherman Jackson did CPR on me and my friend," he said. "He was saying 'you're ok little man. You're ok.'"

Now the young man gets a new chance at life and a chance to pay thanks to the man he owes his life to.

"Thank you for saving me and my friend's lives Saturday," Trevez said, "and God bless you."



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