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National Guardsman saves woman's life during water delivery

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Working hard and helping others is nothing new to Spc. Charles Colwell of the Michigan National Guard.

He's on duty in downtown Flint helping to distribute water.

"I was just happy to help. It felt good," Colwell said.

But earlier this month, he went from helping a water emergency to handling a medical emergency when a woman fell ill.

Pfc. Zacharry Burrell was first to notice something wasn't right.

"She was bent over on her knees, kind of coughing and everything, with an inhaler in her hand," Burrell said.

He went inside to get the medic on duty.

That's when Colwell rushed out to assess the woman's situation.

"So, I took her inside, get her out of the cold, evaluated her and monitored her breathing; and determined that I needed to call 911," Colwell said.

Colwell said the woman was having an asthma attack.

"The following day, she came back and she thanked me. She's come in a few times to get some water," Colwell said.

Some are calling Colwell's actions heroic.

"To me Spc. Colwell would be hero, but it's just his training. It's pretty much what he was trained for," Burrell said.

Colwell said he was just doing his job.

"If I’m able to help, I’m going to," Colwell said.

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