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5-year-old Md. girl thanks firefighters who saved her life

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A young girl from Maryland says thank you to a group of firefighters who helped save her life.

ABC7's Jummy Olabanji was there for the emotional reunion today.

The last time five-year-old Christina Luckett and Clinton volunteer firefighter Ashley Butler saw each other, Cristina was hanging onto life.

"It actually made me a little teary-eyed to see her interacting and just happy," says Butler.

On November 28th, Christina suffered a severe asthma attack. Her family quickly called 911.

The firefighters who responded to Christina's house tried to call in for a paramedic unit, but the closest one was five minutes away.

Knowing they didn't have that much time to spare, they took her to the hospital in their own fire truck. And it worked.

Prince George's Fire Chief Marc Bashoor presented the three firefighters with Emergency Services Awards.

"To be able to be a part of bringing her back so she could be able to be with her family is just amazing," says firefighter William Philpott.

Christina also presented her three angels with a little gift today.

But her family says what they gave her is the ultimate gift.

Life-savers, yes. But the three firefighers say don't call them heroes.

"No, just an everyday firemen," says Philpott.

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