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Corona del Mar Today: High school senior saves drowning man

October 22, 2011|By Amy Senk

Students asked friends and families to sponsor them for each lap they ran, and parent organizers lined up sponsorships. To date, they had raised $24,000 of their $40,000 goal, said co-chairwoman Tracy Allen.

"We have a stack this big with pledges and checks," Allen said. "We haven't begun to look through them all."

Principal Charlene Metoyer said the event empowered students.

"It's so real because the kids are participating in making their school the best place to be," she said. And because each grade ran for 20 minutes, there was no missed work, she added.

Parent volunteers counted laps and cheered on the runners, and firefighters from the Balboa Island station stopped by to run and show support.

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"Can I run with you?" Engineer Erin Brown asked as she joined a student.

Gianni Floriani, 2 , who attends preschool at Harbor View, ran with firefighter John Mollica.

"I caught him!" Gianni told his mother, Jordan Floriani.

"This is a great school event," Floriani said.

"We love running," said kindergartner Brock Paz.

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Firefighters rescue man trapped in hole

Newport Beach firefighters rescued a man trapped in a hole in the Harbor Ridge community Thursday afternoon, according to a news release.

Firefighters received a call at 4:24 p.m. of a victim trapped in a hole on Montpellier. The victim had been doing construction on the back patio of a house, where a 2-foot wide by 6-foot hole had been drilled into the ground.

"The construction worker had apparently fallen into the hole and became precariously wedged and unable to extricate himself," the statement said. "The patient was able to call 911 and alert firefighters to his location."

Firefighters quickly extricated the patient from the hole, and paramedics treated him, the statement said. "The patient appeared to be in good condition, but was transported to Mission Hospital for a thorough evaluation," the statement said.

Fire units, including specialized Urban Search and Rescue units, from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Santa Ana responded to the scene.

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L.A. women arrested for Fashion Island burglary

Two Los Angeles women were arrested Tuesday afternoon after police received a call of a possible commercial burglary in progress at Fashion Island.

The burglary occurred about 3:30 p.m. at a shop that has had several burglaries and thefts recently, said Kathy Lowe, a Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman.

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