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Lewiston teen rescues boy, 7, who fell in river

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Police are crediting the quick thinking of a Lewiston teen with saving the life of a 7-year-old boy who had fallen into the Androscoggin River. Andrew Bilodeau, 14, admits he was scared when he waded into the river behind his family’s apartment on July 3 after hearing cries of the boy’s friends. He told the Sun Journal that at first he could not see the boy, but then he spotted bluish lips and a nose poking through the water’s surface. Andrew dragged the limp body up the bank, fearing the child was dead. The boy coughed up about a quart of river water. He was taken to a hospital and released.

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