BEAR CREEK, Ala. — A nine-year-old Gardendale girl drowned Sunday while saving the life of her brother, according to multiple reports from Winston County.
Brandi Odum was visiting her grandparents in the community of Bear Creek, located between Haleyville and Phil Campbell. The girl and her two brothers were in a pond when one of the brothers got into deep water. Brandi pulled him out, then fell into deep water herself. Her grandmother pulled Brandi out and administered CPR wile the brother dialed 911, according to Haleyville cable channel HBTV's website.
Firefighters arrived minutes later and took over CPR, then transported her to a Haleyville hospital, where she died.
"This is a tragedy but she gave her life to save her little brother. She is a hero," Bear Creek Fire Chief Rob Taylor told HBTV.
Brandi Odum was a student at Gardendale Elementary.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
(We'll have more details as they develop.)