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Pekin Police officers honored after saving life of teen at Marigold Festival Parade

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PEKIN (WEEK) -- Two Pekin Police officers were honored Thursday for saving a teenager's life at last month's Marigold Festival Parade.

Patrol officers Cory Mitchell and Adam Smith were there when Grace Cooney, 17, collapsed during the festival's parade.

The officers quickly determined Cooney was in cardiac arrest.

But thanks to their efforts -- and the efforts of others at the parade -- Cooney got the medical care she needed within minutes.

Thursday, the officers were recognized by Advanced Medical Transport.

"I'm very proud of them, proud of their efforts," said Pekin Police Chief John Dossey. "I think for them, it is a feel-good moment. Today is an example of the impact they made on a young girl's life."

"I feel grateful to know that they were there to help me when I needed it," said Grace Cooney. "I was happy to be able to see them and thank them. I'm very grateful for them."

October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

Cooney hopes this will help show people it can happen anywhere at anytime -- to anyone.

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