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Off-duty officer rescues 2 little girls

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CHOWCHILLA — An off-duty Chowchilla police reserve officer saved two small girls this week after they were carried away by the waters of the Ash Slough, south of the city.

Tony Spada, who also is a state Department of Fish and Game lieutenant, happened to be riding his bicycle nearby when he heard their mother’s screams for help, according to authorities.

“The girls were very lucky to have a highly trained law enforcement officer in the area during this harrowing incident who was able to save their lives,” said Sgt. John Markle of the Chowchilla Police Department.

The mother had allowed her daughters to play in the water to cool off just before 8 p.m., Chowchilla police said, but the girls were swept downstream by the current. They were able to grab and hold onto a branch, but couldn’t escape the flow of the slough...


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