11-Year-Old Girl Makes Heroic Sacrifice Saving Sister in Hotel Pool Accident

11-Year-Old Girl Makes Heroic Sacrifice Saving Sister in Hotel Pool Accident
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This heart­break­ing sto­ry details the self­less act of 11-year-old Macken­zie Cor­nell, who drowned while attempt­ing to res­cue her younger sis­ter at a hotel pool in Wheel­ers­burg, Ohio. 

Macken­zie, a beloved fourth-grad­er described as a “sweet­heart” by teach­ers, was attend­ing a pool par­ty at the Qual­i­ty Inn when her 9‑year-old sis­ter became dis­tressed in the deep end.

Trag­i­cal­ly, with no life­guard on duty, Macken­zie brave­ly entered the water to help her sis­ter but lost her own life in the process. 

Her aunt, Helen Cor­nell, spoke of the inci­dent, stat­ing, “Her lit­tle sis­ter went into the deep end
 and her big sis­ter went to save her.” The hotel’s web­site report­ed­ly includ­ed a dis­claimer regard­ing the absence of a lifeguard.

A vig­il was held at Macken­zie’s ele­men­tary school, Bloom Ver­non Ele­men­tary, where she was remem­bered as a kind and help­ful girl who loved her fam­i­ly, pets, and all things girly. Her obit­u­ary described her as a “girly girl” who cher­ished her fam­i­ly and pets.

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