Boy, 9, Thanks Lifesavers

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AVON LAKE, Ohio -- A 9-year-old boy on Wednesday thanked rescue workers who saved his life three months ago.

Noah Venesile was crossing the street chasing a ball when he was struck, causing him to suffer a traumatic brain injury.

Firefighters and paramedics from Avon Lake responded quickly to the crash, which happened near their fire station.

They used advanced life support measures on Noah until a Metro Life Flight crew arrived.

Noah thanked all of those who helped.

"I have to say thank you to them, to almost everybody, because they were a big help," he said.

His mother, Amy, said there is no doubt that first responders saved her son's life.

She added that Noah has no memory of the crash.

His long-term memory is fine but he is still struggling to regain his short-term memory.

"I wouldn't want anyone else to go through it but I know our family is stronger because of it. I am sad he had to go through it because he is an incredible kid," she said.

Avon Lake paramedic Gary Madej told Fox 8 News, "There's a lot of bad calls that go on. These are the calls that basically you do the job for and you want to be part of."

Noah has a long journey ahead but he's already exceeded many expectations.

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