Kayci McKinnon will never forget saving her younger brother, and neither will Trophy Club.
At Monday's Town Council meeting, Kayci, 10, and her mother received recognition for rescuing and breathing life into the tiny boy.
"By every definition of the word, you are a hero," said Trophy Club Fire Lt. Shane Beck, awarding Kayci a plaque for pulling Robert Alan "Trip" McKinnon, 2, out of the family pool at their home on Greenleaf Drive.
Just after 4 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 19, Kayci noticed Trip face-down in the pool. She dove into the pool and pulled her brother out. At the same time, her mother watched Kayci jump into the pool and rushed outside, where she administered CPR.
"That's something you never want to have to do," said Jonna McKinnon, after receiving her own commendation on Monday. "It all happened so fast."
So fast, in fact, that McKinnon left boiling potatoes on the stove before joining her son on a CareFlite helicopter headed to Fort Worth.
Fortunately, fire never threatened the home since Kelli, Kayci's twin sister, remembered to turn the burner off.
Everyone in the family seemed to do their part, with brother Skyler, 9, dialing 911.
Trip was released from Cook Children's Medical the following day. The family has no idea how long Trip was in the pool or how he became unconscious.
"He has no memory of it," said Robert Alan McKinnon II, Trip's father. "We're just so blessed at how everything turned out."
Hiding his face from the smiling audience this week, the boy was overcome by the show of support.
As camera flashes illuminated the council chambers, those on both sides of the lenses knew how fortunate the family was in eluding tragedy.
"I think for a 10-year-old to respond that way this young girl did is uncommon," Beck said. "You may have kids who recognize an emergency, but this girl had the presence of mind to alert her parents and jump into the pool."
The city's fire chief describes the incident as rare.
"In my 28 years with Trophy Club, we've had four or five," said Fire Chief Danny Thomas, referring to response calls involving drowning or potential drowning. "To save a child from drowning is a really rare thing."
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