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10-year-old boy pulls drowning 4-year-old from pool

(NBC) – Anthony Clone is just like any other 10-year-old. Typically, he's inside playing video games, but that was not the case Tuesday.

"If he hadn't been there, God knows what would have happened," said neighbor Kaitlyn Stintzi.

Around 5 p.m., Anthony and a handful of other children were playing outside near this swimming pool. They were picking up some plastic toys when a 4-year-old girl reached for one the toys and fell in.

Stintzi says she remembers hearing chaos.

"The other children didn't know what to do. They were scared," she said. "They froze and he just acted and he got her out."

"I just threw off my shoes and jumped in after her. I took her and put her back on the stairs," said Clone.

"He pulled her right out. It was great. He didn't think, he just moved," said Tim McGroughran, who saw the whole thing. "His actions certainly made a difference. That's for sure."

Clone had acted just in time. It was all a near- tragedy for a family already going through so much. The girl's family is from Haiti.

The earthquake killed seven of their family members with others still missing. The girl's mother said the thought of losing her own child in her back yard swimming pool would've been too much to bear.

"She just started thanking me because I saved her daughter from the pool," said Clone.

At 10-years-old, he says he's already dreaming of joining the Coast Guard and his rescue resume is already well underway.

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