High School Swimmer Honored For Saving Opponent

A Michigan teen who helped save a fellow student’s life at a swim meet is being honored for his bravery and courage. Xavier Staubs, a freshman swimmer for Corunna High School was competing in a meet against a rival school when one of their swimmers started to drown.

“I look down in the water and I just see him completely limp, floating to the bottom of the pool,” Staubs explains. “I just dove underneath, the chlorine burned my eyes. Clawed my way to him and pulled him up.”

Thanks to Staub’s quick reaction, Kamrin Samson’s life was saved during the 200-meter relay. 

Congressman John Moolenaar, who was so inspired by Staubs’ efforts that he awarded him with an entry into the congressional record – an award to be seen for all time.

“To me, it was just a powerful example of someone who was quick thinking and took action, didn’t hesitate and really made a difference,” Moolenaar said.

But no one is as proud as Staub’s mom, Jillian, who says she’s overjoyed her 15-year-old could save someone’s life.

The swim meet was the first for Samson. His family talked with doctors who said he likely had breathing issues.

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