Saved by brother

Chantelle Deacon

"Oh my god, got to save him, got to save him, got to save him," were the thoughts going through a big brother's mind when he watched his little brother fall through an ice-covered pool.  

Damien Corson, who is now 10-years-old, saved his little brother last March.

"That memory is never going away," says Brady Corson, 7, after nearly drowning in a Vernon pool.

Damien remembers the day like it was yesterday.

"Some of our friends were hanging out with us and they asked us if we wanted to go down to neighbourhood clubhouse pool," Damien said. "We asked mom if we could go and she said, 'yes as long as we're with an adult."

But things quickly spiralled downhill from there.

"My friends younger brother tapped the ice with his foot and then Brady goes and steps right in," Damien said. "I freaked out and started yelling, 'grab my hand, grab my hand and reach in and pull him out, it was a really scary experience."

Like most big brothers being protective is an instinct, that's why Damien wasn't too happy with Brady after pulling him out of the pool.

"I was upset with him because it scared me really bad when he fell in and I was really worried about him," he said.

But like most younger siblings, Brady was hoping for a little more sympathy from his big brother than he received.

"When I came out I was crying and Damien, when he yelled at me, I got really scared," Brady said. "That's why I walked all the way back home, with my wet clothes... by myself."

Damien will be honoured for saving his little brother's life on Saturday in Vancouver at the 106th Annual Commonwealth Honour and Rescue Awards Ceremony, held at the Fairmont Hotel.

British Columbia's Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon will be presenting the award.

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