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Friends Remember 11-Year-Old Girl Electrocuted at Lexington Pool

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Lexington, NC - Kind, loving, friendly and just 11-years-old. 

Lauren Cecil was electrocuted when trying to get out of the pool Tuesday in Lexington.

READ: Girl Electrocuted in Pool Described As A "Happy Child"

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower learned more about the little girl from her friends and the people who tried to save her.

Lauren Cecil loved to swim. Tuesday night, she was at the pool practicing for the Davidson County Swim Meet that starts on Friday.

The team was finishing up when a high voltage power line came down in the parking lot.

"At that point in time didn't matter what I had to do, I was getting that little girl out and that's how everyone else felt too," said Caroline Burkhart, lifeguard.

Burkhart was one of the lifeguards on duty at Brookside Swim Club when Lauren was electrocuted.

"All of a sudden we just see smoke everywhere and people were screaming," said Burkhart.

"When we ran back in, she, Lauren was holding on to the ladder but she was face up and clearly not moving and unconscious," said Lauren's swim coach, Clay Vickers. "It didn't look good."

"They said get her out of the pool and I grabbed the backboard and ran over there," said Lucas Rhodes, lifeguard.

"I didn't know what happened," said Burkhart. "I ran over and grabbed the ladder and I was shocked."

"Eventually, we got her arm out from around the ladder and got her on the backboard and got her out of the water and started performing CPR," explained Jonathan Hench, lifeguard.

For fifteen minutes, four lifeguards performed CPR. They alternated until EMS arrived. All this was happening while Lauren's mother was watching.

"We were really praying that she would make it and whenever the word came, we were devastated," said Hench.
"It was a feeling of guilt for me, to see the family and know that that was their little girl. And that she you know, she just loved to swim, and she just loved to be here," said Burkhart.

"She was a really good friend to have, too, "said Rhodes.

"She was positive, she was one of those, she had a lot of friends," said Vickers.

"Whenever we swim she will be with us in spirit because she, she loved the pool and it was really sad to see her go," said Hench.

One of Lauren's friends started a hash-tag on Twitter to honor the 11-year-old. It's called #prayersforthececilfamily.

Lauren's family wants the swim meet to go on as scheduled.

Her team mates will now swim in her honor, by painting her initials on their swim caps.

Lauren's pastor told us "Lauren was a precious child. We are devastated by the loss."

A foundation has been set up for Lauren. Donations can be made in her name at The Dragonfly House in Mocksville. 

WFMY News 2

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