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Untitled-29COLFAX, N.C. — A Randolph County woman has been awarded the National Certificate of Merit lifesaving award from the American Red Cross after she helped save a girl who nearly drowned while tubing on the Dan River in 2012.

Hanna Prince, of Sophia, served as a camp counselor at Keyauwee Program Center in Sophia during the summer of 2012, when the incident occurred.

During a tubing trip to the Dan River, a camper was pinned underwater, head down and underneath a 60-foot tree that had fallen into the river.

The camp counselors responded by removing the girl from the water and administering CPR so the camper could cough up the water and breathe on her own.

The counselors continued to move the injured victim down the river, helping her to remain calm and keeping her conscious from her head injury, while ensuring the safety of the other eight girls on the trip.

The Certificate of Merit is the highest award bestowed by the American Red Cross and bears the signature of the President of the United States.

Kristin Greene, of East Cape, South Africa, also received the award for helping in the rescue.

“We were grateful that our camp staff had the necessary lifesaving skills to respond to this emergency situation,” said Marcia Cole, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “We are humbled that both have been honored for their heroism and how to be prepared for anything in life, especially when something like this happens.”

Only 70 of these awards have been presented nationally this year.

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