Hometown Hero: Christina Mabry and Gloria Flores

By: Anna Smithson Email
By: Anna Smithson Email

What started off as a typical Memorial Day for two South Central Kentucky mothers, turned out to be a close call in the water. We bring your their heroic story as this week's Hometowns Heroes.

Memorial Day weekend started out as a typical summer holiday for Christina Mabry and Gloria Flores.

They took their children swimming just off Munfordsville Ford Road and that's when things turned deadly.

"The people just started screaming help us, help us," hero, Christina Mabry said.

Christina's instincts kicked in, she went straight into the water and pulled three people out, but she didn't stop there when she found out there was another man still in the water.

"We started looking for him as he rubbed across my leg," Christina said.

The man was completely unresponsive as they pulled him ashore.

"As I pulled him up, my sister helped me and another one of our friends, Grent, helped us pull him up," Christina said.

"Seeing his face was enough to put someone in shock at that moment," hero, Gloria Flores said.

It was at that moment, Gloria's Certified Nurse Assistant's license came in handy.

"I started doing chest compressions," Gloria said.

She said a group of people took turns giving the man CPR because Gloria was still out of breath from pulling him out of the water.

"God gave me the strength to go at it again," Gloria said. "Every time I would push on his chest, I would say, 'God please just let him breath,' that's all that was going through my head - was, 'just let him breath,'" Gloria said.

Both mothers said it was one of those things you didn't think about - you just knew you had to do something.

"I would have done it a million times over," Gloria said.

Both Christina and Gloria said there were many others who helped in this courageous rescue and they should also be recognized.

The man who nearly drowned, was flown to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, where in just two weeks he recovered from the accident.

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