13-year-old boy honored for saving woman who fell into canal

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The Phoenix Fire Department honored 13-year-old Valley teen James Francis yesterday after his quick thinking and courage saved a woman's life.

Francis was walking with his friends when he saw a woman and her dog fall into a canal. He asked his friends for their shirts and made a rope out of the clothes to help pull the woman out of the water.

"It's the ability to not think of yourself but to think of others," Captain Benjamin Santillan of the Phoenix Fire Department said. "And to be young man and to already possess that is amazing."

Francis received a Citizen Lifesaving Award from the Phoenix Fire Department, as well as a Super Man shirt from the woman he saved.

Francis credits his training in the Boy Scouts for his quick action and bravery.

"I learned to talk to the person that is in trouble and keep them calm,' Francis said. "Which helps because she even said I kept her calm."

Francis said that the best part of getting the award was being honored by the firefighters, because one day he would like to be a firefighter.

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