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Sister saves 8 year-old brother from getting sucked into flooded culvert

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A Waterloo family is counting their blessings after a scary few moments in a flooded park Thursday night.

First responders were called to Bontrager Park at around 7:00 p.m. where they found Charlie Cizek, 8, of Waterloo clinging to his 10 year-old sister after falling into a flooded concrete intake drain.

Josh Heller, a lieutenant with the Waterloo Fire Department, was one of three first responders on the scene who helped pull Charlie from the quick current.

But Heller said Charlie's sister, Caly, deserves all the credit for saving his life.

"I was like shaking. I was really scared," she said.

Caly said they were riding bikes in the park and looking at the flood water when Charlie slipped and fell.

That's when Caly said she acted right away and grabbed his arms.

"I felt like I was going to lose him," she said.

But she didn't.

Passers-by called 911, a nearby neighbor helped, and first responders were able to safely pull Charlie out of the culvert which Heller believes is about 50-feet long.

Carrie Scarbrough is grateful her daughter acted so quickly.

Scarbrough said she was running a 30-minute errand at the store with her oldest daughter at the time her son fell into the culvert.

"If you have kids, definitely hug them because if it wasn't for the people out there -- heroes -- the guardian angels -- I wouldn't be able to hug my baby," she said.

The family said it's grateful for the help of first responders and strangers who made sure Charlie didn't get sucked into the culvert by the swift current.

First responders in Waterloo said it's what they're trained to do.

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