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Child pulls toddler out of toy car sinking in Pelican Narrows ditch

Star Phoenix Star Phoenix 3/05/2016 Thia James, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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Child pulls toddler out of toy car sinking in Pelican Narrows ditch

The red and yellow toy car was upside down and slowly sinking in a water-filled ditch by the side of the road. Inside, a three-year-old boy was trapped.

Harvey Dorion, a 10-year-old boy who says he just likes to play hockey, had left his house moments earlier and was on his way to visit his older brother.

He saw the toy car go into the water and slowly submerge, “And I moved that car,” Dorion said.

Managing to get only his feet wet, the 10-year-old pulled the toddler out and saved him from drowning last Wednesday in the northern Saskatchewan community of Pelican Narrows, a village of about 2,700 people. 

When he had removed the boy from the water, Dorion saw that the three-year-old was still breathing.

“He was just looking at that water, sitting down there,” he said, describing the boy’s panting.

A woman came across the scene and asked what happened. Dorion recounted the events to her, and then later to his mother. His mother, Mary Jane Michel, said she brushed it aside when he told her what had happened. To be honest, she didn’t listen, she said.

“It wasn’t until later that evening when I (saw) a Facebook post by a lady that came upon them after it happened … she indicated that Harvey saved a life today,” Michel said.

She replied to the post and then met with the woman. Michel said the woman told her Harvey pulled the boy out of a water-filled ditch and the woman had come across them and took the younger child home.

According to the woman at the scene, Dorion told her, “I almost had a heart attack,” Michel said.

In the days since, the story has made the rounds online and in the community. Michel said she is pretty surprised by all of the attention. It’s not something she expected. It is something she welcomes, though.

The more coverage, the better, since it’s a positive story, Michel said.

When asked how he felt about saving the younger child’s life, Dorion had a simple reply: “Good.”

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