Keno Goode, Sr., helped to save a girl from drowning, San Carlos, Arizona, September 4, 2012. A young girl stood crying in Sevenmile Wash, stranded by rising water after heavy rain. At the scene to observe water conditions, Goode, 62, a retired firefighter whose health required him to use crutches, saw her and, abandoning his crutches, entered the wash for her. He lost his footing in the cold, swift water but managed to reach the girl and secure her in wadable water at a point about 60 feet from the closer bank. A police officer and firefighters responded. Secured by a line tied to him, the officer entered the water 90 feet upstream of Goode and made his way to a tree in the wash. He tied off at the tree and then proceeded to Goode and the girl, as did other men. Using the secured lines, the men removed the girl and then Goode from the wash and to safety. The girl and Goode were examined by emergency medical personnel at the scene, and Goode was taken to the hospital for further examination.
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