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STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Trapped in her car, submerged underwater, a Georgia woman only made it out because of a 911 call and a fire rescue team.

On Thursday, she got to say, “Thank you.”

Kayla Jenkins lives in Butts County, but last Tuesday she was driving in Henry County when she lost control of her car and almost lost her life.

“My car kept sliding and sliding," Jenkins recalled, "and then my front hit a tree. After it hit a tree, it flipped 3 or 4 times, and before I knew it, I was upside-down in the water with my seat belt on."

Jenkins’ car had fallen 50 feet.

“I used the light of my cell phone to find an air pocket and swim to the back,” said Jenkins. “I had to sit there and wait until someone got there."

Thanks to a call to 911, several someones did: the technical rescue team from Henry County Fire.

Eight days later, Jenkins arrived at the station for Squad 11 with a container of cupcakes and words of thanks.

“I’m thankful for every breath I breathe," she said. "I’m thankful for every moment I get to walk. I’m thankful for every moment I get to spend with my friends and family.”

And the team that rescued her?

“These men are amazing works of art," she said. "They’re amazing works of God."

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