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Marty Ustanko, left, hugs Habimana Francois after receiving a Lifesaving Award during the Grand Forks Police Awards Ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. Herald photo by Sarah Kolberg.

Near drowning in Grand Forks: 'If it weren't for them, I would be dead right now'

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Lois Ustanko said it happened quietly.

"People always say that if someone is drowning, there'll be a lot of screaming and thrashing, and there wasn't. It was just we noticed something at the bottom of the pool," she said.

That something was Habimana Francois, an 18-year-old who had been swimming with a group of young people in the indoor pool at a south Grand Forks apartment complex.

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