Good Samaritan who rescued girls from drowning at Georgetown reservoir comes forward for reunion

Girls call Kelley Busenitz a hero

GEORGETOWN, Colo. - A good Samaritan who saved two sisters from drowning in the Georgetown reservoir came forward after she saw a 7NEWS report that the girls wanted to thank her.

"I just want to see them smile," said Kelley Busenitz, a Silver Plume resident and mother of a 3-year-old boy, who rents stand up paddle boards on nice weekends at the reservoir.

On Saturday, as she was packing up to go home, she heard the screams.

"When we saw them, they were about 15-20 feet from the rocks," said Busenitz. "I didn't really think. I just started running to the water with a board and tried to get out there as fast as I could."

Jaide Reyes, 10, had fallen into the freezing water and her sister, Mystic Reyes, 15, had jumped in after her, and a fast-moving current pulled them far from shore.

"The youngest was going under when I got to her," said Busenitz, crying at the memory. "It just scared me."

The girls were rushed to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia and did not have a chance to thank Busenitz -- or even get her name.

But when Busenitz saw them trying to find her on 7NEWS, she reached out, and 7NEWS Reporter Jaclyn Allen arranged a reunion at the reservoir.

"When I saw you, I was so relieved. I don't know how to thank you," said Jaide Reyes, with tears in her eyes.

"Oh, sweetie. This is enough," said Busenitz, giving her a hug.

"Without you, we'd be gone right now," said Mystic. "You're my hero as well. You're my family's hero." 

Busenitz said that the sisters were incredibly brave in the face of danger.

"You were so strong," said Busenitz. "A lot of older adults wouldn't have been able to last as long as you did."

The two families now share a bond and a story of hope in humanity.

"Heroes don't wear capes," said Andrew Maestas, the girls' stepfather. "They are everyday people sitting right next to you and she's definitely one of them."

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