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Woman suffers heart failure, drowns after jumping into pool to help child

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Tuesday around 4:00 p.m., police and medical crews responded to an emergency at the Centennial Hotel in downtown Spokane.

74-year-old Marla Willeen Leander suffered heart failure after jumping into the pool to help a child who was having difficulty.

According to the Spokane County Medical Examiner, this incapacitated Leander and caused her to drown.

Unfortunately, no lifeguard was present at the pool when the incident occurred.

The Centennial Hotel was formerly the Hotel RL and before that, the Red Lion Inn at the Park.


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