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Becca Thomas, who received her life-guard training certification from the Hudson YMCA, was actually the first swim club member to swim over and pull out the floating, lifeless body of Marissa Metzler from the River Falls High School pool during the end of practice Friday night, Sept. 21. Becca, 15, is home schooled and lives in Roberts

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Last week the lead story on the front page of the River Falls Journal was about how several young swim club members, their coach and a swimmer's mother rescued the life of a 12-year-old girl, Marissa Metzler, a fellow swimmer.


Events from the evening of Sept. 21 could just as easily taken another turn -- for the worse. In that case, last week's front-page story would've been about the horrifying heart attack death of a 12-year-old swim club member in the high school pool.

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