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October 23, 2013

Town honors woman who saved angler

BARRINGTON (AP) — The town of Barrington has honored a resident who saved a fisherman from drowning.

Steven Travis of Nottingham was fly fishing at Stonehouse Pond on Oct. 2 when his float tube started taking on water.

Travis started paddling toward shore, but his waders began to fill with water and he feared he would drown. He called for help.

Kellie Barr-Foster, who was at a rock climbing wall, heard Travis. She swam to him, grabbed him by the scruff of his neck, and began pulling him toward shore.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports Barr-Foster said she was swimming on her back and was “froggy-kicking” and using one of her arms to keep Travis’ head above water.

She kept telling him to look at the sky, and he kept saying, “How are you doing this?”

Later, “I said to her ‘you’re a godsend,’” Travis said.

On Monday, residents gave Barr-Foster a standing ovation. Selectmen’s Chairman Michael Clark read a proclamation thanking her. He announced Nov. 2, 2014, as Kellie Barr-Foster Day.

“I hope I did what anyone would do in this situation,” she said.

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