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Man Honored for Trying to Save Boy From Freezing Pond

COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- A distinguished honor for a man, who gave his life, while trying to rescue a small boy. Today, Columbus police presented Barbara Meredith with the Citizen Commendation, on behalf of her son, James Jenkins. "You gain and you lose and I don't know. I'm proud of him," Meredith said.

Meredith was overcome with emotion, after getting a standing ovation for her son's heroics. "It brought back memories. It brought back a lot of pride for me for these people to recognize what my son has done," Meredith said.

Police say Jenkins died trying to save 5 year-old Elijah Walker from an icy pond, at a Columbus apartment complex, on Lakeside South,  in early February. Jenkins jumped out of his car, after hearing the boy screaming and went in after him.

Two officers and a sergeant received the Silver Cross for trying to save Jenkins and Walker. "It was overwhelming and it was good to see them and it's really good to see that they're being recognized," Meredith said.

Jenkins didn't survive and Walker died 3 days after the incident. Meredith with her 5 year-old grandson by her side says helping people in need was her son's nature and on this day, she couldn't be happier for him.
 
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