Paramedic Reunites With Little Girl He Saved

Friday, May 20, 2011  |  Updated 7:25 PM CDT
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May 20, 2011: Jay Arnier was awarded a plaque for his quick actions earlier this month when he saw a little girl being pulled out of the water by her frantic mother.

May 20, 2011: Jay Arnier was awarded a plaque for his quick actions earlier this month when he saw a little girl being pulled out of the water by her frantic mother.

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An Addison paramedic/firefighter on Friday was honored for saving the life of a  young girl who was found floating in the Fox River earlier this month.

Jay Arnier was fishing with a friend on May 10 when he saw 20-month-old Kaitlyn Winoker being pulled out of the water by her frantic mother.

In Woodstock, with Kaitlyn's mother and her twin brother looking on, Arnier was awarded a plaque and recognized by the McHenry County Sheriff.

"This is what a guardian angel looks like, but on the day of the event, I think he was wearing a flannel shirt and he was traveling in a bass boat," said Sheriff Keith Nygren.

Arnier called the experience "exciting," but said it was one he didn't care to repeat.

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