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By Al Pefley email
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PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - When 4-year-old Steven Shore is around, he lights up a room. The bashful little boy with a mop of curly hair and his big smile can charm just about anyone.

But, although, he's all fun and games now, he was all business last June when he saved a little girl from drowning at a birthday pool party.

And for that, he was given the Water Safety Hero Award by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue.

Here's what he told us a few months ago when we interviewed him and his parents shortly after the incident.

Reporter: "What were you saying to her?"

Steven: "Float on her back."

Reporter: "You were telling her to float on her back right?"

Steven: "Yeah."

Reporter: "So that she wouldn't drown?"

Steven: "Yeah."

His dad says it all started at a birthday party when a girl about his age was drowning in the pool. There was no lifeguard on duty at the birthday party. "I saw her go down, and I yelled for Steven to come off the wall and go get her," his dad Ron said.

Steven, he says, did not hesitate and flew into action. "He swam out about five feet, picked her up by the back of her head and swam back and held onto the ladder and held her head out of the water. I hate to think about the consequences of what would've happened if he didn't grab her," Ron said.

"No, I wasn't scared. You weren't scared?" Steven shook his head no.

Steven held the girl's head out of the water until his mom could get there to help. "He was holding onto a ladder with one hand and with the other hand holding a little girl's head out of the water who was already choking on the water. Amazing, very, very impressed with him. Very impressed. Very proud of him," said his mother, Nancy Shore.

That was nearly four months ago. What does little Steven want to be when he grows up?

"Batman!" he exclaimed to reporters at Tuesday's award ceremony.
For a little guy who wants to be a superhero someday, some might say he's already made it.

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