HENRY COUNTY, GA- June 18, 2020—Members of the Henry County Fire Department recognized 10-year-old Marley Parker and her mother Melissa Rommelman today for their life-saving skills after rescuing a 4-year-old neighbor out of the deep end of the swimming pool earlier this month.

On June 12, while playing in the pool with friends, Marley noticed that her 4-year-old neighbor was missing and discovered her at the 8-foot-deep end of her swimming pool. She swam into action bringing her neighbor to the surface when her mom stepped in and began giving the 4-year-old CPR until first responders arrived. When they did arrive, Marley’s neighbor was breathing and conscious.

Fire Chief Luther Phillips and Deputy Fire Chief Rodney Wiggins presented the duo a life-saving proclamation, HCFD t-shirts, patches and Life-Saving pins. Marley also received a special challenge card, gifted to her by Phillips and was made an honorary fire-fighter.

“You were very brave to jump into the water to save your friend,” said Phillips. “You know we at the fire department are very proud of you, we are excited about what you did and hopefully in eight years you’ll come and work for our department.”

He further recognized Rommelman for her efforts in saving a life.

“It would have been very easy to freeze up in that moment, but you acted immediately and now there is a little girl that is alive today because of what you and Marley did. We are very proud and grateful for what you both have done, and this will be a story that we will always tell and cherish. Thank you,” said Phillips.