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National Guard soldier handing out water credited with saving a life

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While helping to hand out water the Flint residents, a National Guard soldier is being credited with helping to save a woman’s life.

Spec. Charles D. Colwell is a medic with Headquarters Company of the 125th Infantry Battalion attached to Alpha Company from Detroit. He is also a trained emergency medical technician.

Colwell was one of dozens of soldiers helping to hand out water on Feb. 1 when Pfc. Zacharry R. Burrell noticed a Flint woman having some medical issues. She was short of breath, and struggling for her inhaler.

“She stood there for a minute and it kind of looked like she was looking for something in her bag and then she bent down and put her hands on her knees and began coughing uncontrollably and I saw she had an inhaler in her hand,” said Burrell.

Burrell grabbed Colwell, who began assessing the woman. People who had come with her said the woman had used her inhaler twice and it was nearly empty. Colwell also determined she was suffering from severe bronchitis, so he called 911.

The woman came back to the firehouse the next day to thank Colwell for saving her life.

Colwell has been recommended for the Michigan Lifesaving Medal by his immediate supervisor, something he doesn’t understand.

“I do this so much every day and everyone else is kind of blowing it up,” explained a humble Colwell.

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