Hotel Employee Honored For Saving Toddler's Life

By KBJR News 1

May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 8:28 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A two–year–old Canadian girl owes her life to the heroic efforts of an employee at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth.

On April 29th, Abby Shubat noticed a young child walking alone near the hotel's pool area hot–tub.

Minutes later, the Director of Guest services was making a call to 911 because she found the toddler underwater and unconscious.

Because of Shubat's quick response the American Heart Association Monday awarded the two–year hotel employee with the Heartsaver Hero Award.

Shubat says she was just doing her job on that busy Monday afternoon.

"I jumped in fully clothed and grabbed her. At that point, she was unconscious. She was starting to turn a little discolored blue. I pulled her out, put her on her side, and started getting the water out and screamed to call 911. That's when the parents came in."

Shubat, along with each of the department heads at the Inn on Lake Superior, are CPR certified.

The little girl and her parents live in Canada and were not present during the award ceremony.

Justin Reis, NNC.
jreis@kbjr.com