Parents & Uncle Save Toddler from Drowning

Posted by cocreator on June 06, 2014
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Cool heads and cardiopulmonary-resuscitation skills saved a 2-year-old girl who almost drowned near Vallecito Reservoir.

The incident took place Sunday evening north of the reservoir, where the Williams family of Mesa, Ariz., has a vacation home. The girl’s parents thought their older children would keep an eye on Clara when she went outside. They then realized the older kids had come inside, and Clara was outside alone, Upper Pine River Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Evans said.

“She found her way out onto the ice of the pond,” he said. “The child broke through the ice near where a stream feeds the pond and fell head first into the water.”

Shortly thereafter, the Williams noticed Clara’s pink shoes protruding from the hole and pulled her from the water.

“She was not breathing at that time,” Evans said. “The parents began CPR, and with the direction of the uncle, performed CPR, rescue breathing and rewarming of the child.”

The uncle had been a member of the Boy Scouts, where he learned how to resuscitate someone who has been immersed in cold water.

“The family revived the child prior to paramedics from Upper Pine River Fire arriving,” Evans said. “The first-arriving crews found the child blue in color but crying.”

The call came in at 6:25 p.m., and paramedics arrived about 12 minutes later from Upper Pine’s station below the Vallecito Dam.

Evans said no one knows exactly how long Clara was under water.

Clara survived with no neurological damage because of the mammalian diving reflex, Evans said. When the face hits extremely cold water, particularly in the very young, the heartbeat drops and the metabolism slows.

The record for immersion in cold water without suffering major neurological damage is Joey Garza’s 38 minutes in a river outside Fargo, N.D., Evans said.

Clara was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where doctors kept her overnight for observation. Deemed healthy, she went home Monday with her family.

“This had a great outcome due to a family with CPR training, who remained collected under the worst of circumstances,” Evans said.

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Retired Cop & Bystander Save Surfer

Posted by cocreator on March 05, 2014
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Oxnard police said they were seeking the identity of a woman who helped save a surfer Saturday because they want to thank her.

When a man was seen facedown about 10:40 a.m. off Mandalay Beach in Oxnard, a surfer and body-boarder paddled out to him and brought him to shore, officials said. One of them was Lawrence Manion, retired police chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

With a woman who had seen what was happening, Manion gave CPR to the unconscious surfer.

Police are seeking the identify of that woman to thank her, Sgt. Rob Flinn said Sunday.

“Ultimately, (the CPR) saved his life without a doubt,” he said.

Flinn said the man had an accident in the water.

“They estimated him to be in the water not breathing for about 10 minutes,” Flinn said.

Police did not release the name of the surfer, who was taken to St. John’s Regional Medical Center. He was responsive and recovering Sunday, Flinn said.

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Neighbours Save Toddler from Drowning

Posted by cocreator on February 22, 2014
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Two neighbors received awards for rushing to save a child on Christmas Day. The child’s father reportedly tried to drown her in a Kailua backyard swimming pool.

Joelryne and Tino Geronimo received Civilian Certificates of Merit at the Honolulu Police Department Quarter Awards Ceremony.

Police say the couple was home when they heard splashing in their neighbor’s backyard.

Neighbors identified the man as 36-year-old Thomas Morton. His child was two years old.

Police say when the Geronimos looked over the fence, they noticed the child motionless in a swimming pool and Morton at the bottom. The couple pulled the child out. The two-year-old keiki survived, but her father did not.

“They quickly went into the neighbors yard where Tino jumped into the pool and the child was pulled out,” said Capt. Dagan Tsuchida of the Honolulu Police Department. “He and his wife began CPR and were able to revive the child.”

Geronimo jumped back into pool and grabbed the father from the bottom of pool. Another neighbor tried to revive him with CPR before he was rushed to the hospital.

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Lifeguards Save Boy at County Pool

Posted by cocreator on August 03, 2012
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A lifeguard rescued a young boy at an Anne Arundel County pool Saturday.

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The boy’s body was found laying at the deep end of the Waugh Chapel Swim Club in Gambrills. The lifeguard saw him, pulled him from the water, and began CPR. A defibrillator was also used during the rescue.

The boy was breathing and conscious when he was airlifted to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

According to the Connor Cares Foundation , the defibrillator used during Saturday’s rescue was the first one it ever donated. The foundation was created in 2006 after 5-year-old Conner Freed drowned underneath an empty lifeguard chair at a country club pool.

Since then, the group has donated defibrillators throughout Anne Arundel, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.


Monique Ward’s 8-year-old son, Ervin, is recovering at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. He was at a birthday party Saturday at the Waugh Chapel Swim Club in Gambrills when bystanders said he was near the slides in the deep end and went under. Ervin said he remembers very little.

“Water was getting into my mouth, and I kept trying to go over there, and I sank back down,” the boy told 11 News.

His mother said a lot of what happened is still vague, but she recalled standing around the pool talking with other parents when someone screamed that a child was in distress.

“I turned. A child had fallen into the water, so I ran over to where the child had fallen in and saw that it was my child that went into the water, which immediately put me into a state of panic,” Ward said.

“There was a lifeguard that was carrying a little boy. He was lifeless. He was just in bad shape,” witness Amy Davis said.

The swim club’s president said Ervin had no pulse and was not breathing, but a 20-year-old lifeguard named Mark and another woman training to be an EMT gave him CPR.

They also hooked him up to the automated external defibrillators. The machine indicated he didn’t need to be shocked and that he was alive.

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9 Year Old Girl Save Child from Drowning

Posted by cocreator on June 09, 2011
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Julianna Marquez, 9, knew something was wrong. It was late afternoon on a hot June day, and no one else — not even the adults — seemed to notice the little boy face-down on the bottom of the apartment complex swimming pool.

Julianna Marquez the Saviour with Quamir Cooper the Survivor

Julianna, a third-grader with wavy brown hair, was nearby in the water. She swam beneath the surface and pulled 4-year-old Quamir Cooper to the pool’s edge.

“I wasn’t really thinking,” Julianna said Tuesday. “I was just like, ‘OK, I’m just going to grab him.’ ”

Julianna’s heroism was recognized in a poolside ceremony Tuesday after Roanoke County officials said she helped save Quamir from drowning at the pool of the Villages at Garst Creek in Roanoke County.

The police officers, paramedics and good Samaritans who helped gathered for the ceremony, where they recounted the drama that unfolded June 1.

Sheena Rosser, Quamir’s mother, was arriving at the apartment complex pool with Quamir and her daughter, Alaejah. The pool isn’t staffed by a lifeguard, and as she ran back to her car to grab pool towels, Rosser lost sight of the young boy.

Quamir floated briefly before sinking to the bottom of the pool’s 5-foot deep end.

Nearby, Julianna noticed Quamir hadn’t resurfaced.

Without hesitation, Julianna said, she swam to the bottom of the pool. She opened her eyes underwater and could see that Quamir wasn’t moving.

Julianna grabbed hold of Quamir’s tiny frame and lifted him to the surface. By then, adults took note of the struggle and helped lift the boy onto the concrete pool deck. His body was limp and showed no signs of life.

Timothy Tilley, sitting nearby with his children, rushed over.

“There was a panic, and I come over to see what was going on,” said Tilley, 30. “We realized the boy wasn’t breathing, so I felt like, you know, we was wasting time.”

Inside the apartment management office, Roanoke County police Officer Bobby Zizelman, 30, was wrapping up an unrelated call to settle a disturbance that had brought him and other officers to the complex.

“I heard a bunch of screams coming from the pool area,” Zizelman said. He ran outside and saw a group of people standing around Quamir.

As Zizelman radioed for an ambulance, Officer Darin Hogan, 42, ran from his car in the parking lot. He approached the unconscious Quamir and couldn’t find a pulse.

The boy was dying.

Sgt. Jay Matze, a 14-year Roanoke County police veteran, was leaving the complex from the disturbance call and heard Zizelman’s urgent radio call for help. He quickly turned around.

“By the time I got to the pool, I saw Quamir laying here on the deck,” Matze said. Tilley “was already at his head. I just came around and between the two of us, we started doing CPR.”

For three minutes, Tilley and Matze, 47, worked together to save Quamir’s life: Tilley issuing breaths through Quamir’s mouth, and Matze performing compressions on the boy’s torso.

“The thought never crossed my mind that he wasn’t going to come out of it,” Matze said.

Quamir tried to breathe, but started choking. Matze and other officers gripped him in the Heimlich maneuver and cleared his airway.

Life soon returned to the boy’s body and he began coughing up water. By the time a Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department crew arrived a few minutes later, Quamir was crying and asking for his mother.

Quamir was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he stayed for two days. Tuesday was the first time Quamir and his mother had seen the rescuers since the event.

Following the ceremony, Julianna hugged Quamir and asked if he was OK. The shy boy turned away from her — and the television and newspaper cameras — but offered up a smile across his mother’s arms.

“I owe my life to her,” Rosser said of the 9-year-old rescuer. “I would do anything for her. If it weren’t for her, he wouldn’t be here.”

Wednesday’s ceremony at the pool was attended by Roanoke County Police Chief Ray Lavinder, among other officials.

The officers who responded presented Julianna and Tilley with awards for their actions.

“In a day and age when nobody wants to help each other, this little girl and this guy … just hopped down there and no questions asked started giving CPR,” Zizelman said.

Matze, who said he has young children of his own, hugged Quamir and presented him with an honorary SWAT challenge coin, a police token that signifies participation in the elite group.

“When you grow up, you gotta do something nice for someone, OK?” Matze told him. “And when you grow up and you see me some day, you come find me, and you shake my hand.”

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