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Feb 8, 2013 12:44 AM by Nathan O'Neal

5-year-old boy tells how he saved his sister from near drowning

TUCSON - It's one of those stories that could have been devastating but was saved by the instincts of a 5-year-old boy.

Will Levis' 2-year-old baby sister nearly drowned in a bathtub after she hit her head and lost consciousness.

Will had quite the instincts when it all happened-- you could say he's something of a little lifeguard himself.

Tonight is family night at the Levis home, playing board games and spending time together. However, it wasn't all fun and games Wednesday when Will and his little sister were taking a bath together.

"She slipped and knocked her heard," Will told News 4 Tucson.

Morgan Levis is Will's mom. She had stepped out of the room to answer the phone when she heard Will scream "Lifeguard! Lifeguard!"

Will sprung into action, keeping his sister's head above water.

"The few seconds that I was gone to go get my cell phone could have cost a big part of my life," Morgan said emotionally, adding: "So i'm glad that I took the time to teach him that."

In this case, Will was able to react quickly and get help, something that Tucson Fire Department Captain Barrett Baker said is vital.

"Mom knows CPR, that is something that is so critical for adults because no matter what, it takes three to five minutes to get emergency services to their house once they call 9-1-1," Baker said.

But Will isn't shy to tell you he was the hero in that moment... a little hero with a big heart who was just looking after his baby sister, who is expected to make a full recovery.

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