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Travis Bennett was honored for saving a 3-year-old boy from drowning. Travis Bennett was honored for saving a 3-year-old boy from drowning.
OLIVE BRANCH, MS -

(WMC-TV) - A North Mississippi teen was honored by police for his heroic actions of saving the life of a little boy.

Usually it police officers that are recognized during National Police Week. In Olive Branch Thursday, it was the officers who handed an award to a local teenager who got help for a 3-year-old boy who could have drowned.

Queen Merriweather was taking a shower when her grandson ended up in the pond behind their home.

"Someone was banging on the door really loud, so I ran down stairs," she said.

At the door was freshman Travis Bennett. He was going fishing when he saw the boy.

"I've seen his hands keep going up in the air and I've seen his head bob," Bennett described the scene.

It was just after 5 p.m. No one was on the nearby golf course, and Merriweather fears it could have been a much worse ending if it was not for Bennett.

"It didn't look right, so he went to see what was happening and investigate and his investigation saved my grandson's life. I believe his investigation saved my grandson's life from drowning that day," she said. "A lot of times kids would turn the other way and do other things but he saw a need to do what he needed to do."

Olive Branch Police Chief Don Gammage and the entire department presented Bennett with an award. Gammage says it is the first one he has given out in his 21 years in law enforcement.

"It feels really really good and I feel honored doing what I did," said Bennett.

In addition to the award, Chief Gammage declared May 16 as Travis Bennett Day.

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