CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Three good Samaritans received life saving medals Tuesday night at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office for saving the lives of two young boys.

(credit: Paula Carlson)

(credit: Paula Carlson)

(credit: Paula Carlson)

(credit: Paula Carlson)

Daniel Bertram, Richard Mandeville, and Troy Steadman were at Cherry Creek State Park when they spotted two boys drowning. Bertram hauled the two 5 year olds to the shore, while Mandeville and Steadman took live saving action.

“I never performed CPR, but I had it in my hip pocket,” says Mandeville. “I didn’t think I would ever use it, didn’t ever want to use it, but it came in handy when the time came.”

The father of one of the boys — Abdel Salem Masoud — attended the ceremony, and showed how grateful he was. He warmly embraced each of the three men after they received their medals.

“What could you say to someone that saved your boy’s life?” asked Masoud. “You’d say thank you, and you’d also thank God.”

Masoud now plans to learn CPR himself after seeing it how important it can be. He says he plans to teach it to his son when he is old enough, in the hopes that he may also be able to save a life one day.


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