Lifeguards Save Boy's Life at Veterans Memorial Park

The 8-year-old child was without a pulse until resuscitation efforts were successful.

An 8-year-old boy was rescued Wednesday after he stopped breathing in the deep end of the pool at Veterans Memorial Park, according to ABC News.

The incident occurred at about 7 p.m., when a lifeguard spotted the boy floating in the deep end.

"I saw him, and believed that he wasn't breathing," Lifeguard Christina Marie told ABC. ""I brought him to the side as I was trained to do."

From ABC:

This is where Christina's training kicked in. Hempstead officials tell Eyewitness News that they put a premium on training, not only training the children now to swim, but teaching lifeguards how to save lives.

Stephen Foran, who was the second lifeguard to respond, worked with Marie on resuscitation efforts that ended up being successful.

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"It's a proud moment for me to know that they did what they are trained for, and that of course is to save lives," Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray said.

"I feel extremely grateful that I was able to revive a child," Foran added.

What do you think of the lifeguards' efforts? Tell us in the comments.

Todd Weinstein July 26, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Its a good thing Ed Mangano hasn't cutback the lifeguard staff at our beaches and pools!
paul July 26, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I saw this on WABC 7 and the Patch, nowhere does it mention a parent of guardian at the location.... I was not blaming the parents, things happen, but.........as I stated nowhere does it mention a parent or guardian....
Maureen July 26, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I'm sure the parent was there but it probably happened so fast. And yes, our lifeguards are awesome. Kudos to them for a job well done!
paul July 26, 2012 at 01:31 PM
To Maureen Hand: Dont be so sure !!!!! Just saying......
Maureen July 26, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Yes Paul, as much as I hate to admit it, you are right. Some parents just don't pay attention. But let's give this boys parents the benefit of the doubt until we hear differently.
Frank T July 26, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Great job! Veteran pool lifeguards are the best. When I used to bring my kids there I had seen them quickly respond to children and adults in trouble many times. Only Paul could twist a positive result into a negative.
Susan July 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I always said we had the best lifeguards in the Town of Hempstead! Hats off to them. Paul, having gone to the pool for the last 25 years, I can tell you that our lifeguards are so good, most parents do not stand on top of their children in the pool. Besides, things happen in an instant even with the parents standing right there. (People who are actually parents know this). There was no need to mention the parents location at the pool in this article. It was about the boy and our fantastic lifeguards! Please stop stirring up trouble where there is none (for a change).
paul July 26, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Sorry Frank you are so wrong. I twisted nothing. You may have read it twisted. I was just asking where the parent or legal guardian was and nothing more. Unfortunate things can happen when one goes swimming to all age groups...
paul July 26, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Wrong again... Just asked if a parent or guardian was present and nothing further...... PERIOD....... My asking has nothing to do with the lifegurds positive actions.... They were there to do what they are trained to do.... Save a life.....
John M July 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Paul; Though I never pursued a lifeguard job, I was trained rigourously for weeks, amd certified. It is because of this training that miracles like this happen. Saving life's is the lifeguard's JOB. This is what they do. Also, sadly, it's not uncommon that groups of children will come with one adult, so keeping track of them all can be a challenge. Once again, regardless of whether or not a parent is watching their children, it is the lifeguards responsibility to. What would the parent watching have done? By the time they saw their childing drowning, and notified a lifeguard, the lifeguard would have already pulled the child from the pool! Good job to the lifeguards.
paul July 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Yes, as I said before probably the parent or guardian would not have been the one to take action and the lifeguards did what they are trained to do as is myself..... All I asked was if the parent or gurdian was present, that was all..... Guardian means who was the responsable adult/person for that child at that time... The child was 8 years old...... PERIOD... You too are drinking to much of the Long Isand tap water.... Please, have another.....
Brent M. July 26, 2012 at 09:16 PM
As a former Lifeguard .. and former guard at Vets... I praise the work they did.. the guards there , even when I was there took pride in their work! Great Job! I believe Paul has a right to ask a question.. and I think it isn't a mean one.. he voiced what alot of people were probably thinking.. Great Job to the Lifeguards!!! not sure if its the same.. but dont they ONLY get one day off a week (which they do not choose) , cant take off for vacation or an extra day.. so they work hard!! and please.. Photo op Murray.. stay away... nobody wants you there!!!
dee July 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Lifeguards did a a great job and there is no questioning that. Unfortunately people use the pool as a babysitting service. Whoever denies this, is simply clueless and living in a bubble. I am not saying this was the case for this incident however lets face reality...it happens!
marianne krause July 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Lets not get into the where was the parent or guardian dthing ...lets just thank whichever higher power you believe in that the child had those wonderful lifeguards there to save him. Could it be that whoever was with this child just really lost sight of him? it is a rather large pool and sometimes very crowded. could be it really was just an accident!
paul July 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I just want to clear the air. Some people here are not paying attention. I was not blaming the parent/guardian for the occurrence but was just curious as to their presence. We are talking about an 8 year old child... Need I say more.... Nothing more nothing less. PERIOD ! We will find out now wont we......
paul July 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM
To dee: (with a small "d") Thank you..... Finally, someone else that does not drink the Long Island tap water......
marianne krause July 26, 2012 at 11:40 PM
@Paul your wrong you put the thought out there and now people are responding, perhaps not the way you want but they are lol Im sick and tired of everyone looking for blame lets just say to the lifeguards GREAT JOB and THANK YOU nuff said
dee July 27, 2012 at 01:13 AM
@marianne...sorry you are wrong...I had the thought before I read any of these posts because that is the reality..There are plently of parents thapt openly admit they do this.....Lets end this now Great job lifeguards hope the boy is OK Hopefully guardian was present at the pool, if not learn a lesson and don't use the pool as a babysitting service
marianne krause July 27, 2012 at 01:25 AM
@Dee i wasn't reffering to your commet about babysitting i was merely stating that itsso sad that everyone looks for the worst possible senerio but like you said good job lifeguards and consider my opinions will be kept to myself , from here on out
Giants97 July 27, 2012 at 03:04 AM
As someone that was at that pool many years, I can assume that kid was in the water no longer than a few seconds from when the Lifeguard went for the save till when they were out of the water. Too quick of a time for most people to react. Maybe the parents should be mindful of they're kids especially if they aren't great swimmers cause there have been many saves there over the years where a little kid went in and just couldn't handle swimming back to the side. Great job though
Lisa Macko July 27, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Paul, paul 9:31 am on Thursday, July 26, 2012 To Maureen Hand: Dont be so sure !!!!! Just saying...... what were you implying by stating this?
Diane Radtke July 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM
As I stated above, The Town of Hempstead has hundreds of rules and the Vets Park Staff is very strict about applying those rules. One of the rules is NO ONE under the age of 10 is permitted in the pool without an adult. So there was a parent there. And I'm sure the parent was more concerned about their child then with giving an interview to Channel 7 news. The news didn't mention the child's name perhaps at the request of the family because they didnt have time to deal with the media while their child was being revived.
paul July 27, 2012 at 02:16 PM
To Diane Radke: You stated " One of the rules is NO ONE under the age of 10 is permitted in the pool without an adult. So there was a parent there." Really? How sure are you? I will answer for you: You really do not know this to be fact.... do you? Because it is a stated rule.. You are kidding me right !
paul July 27, 2012 at 02:18 PM
No one is saying that a parent or guardian should have or could have acted....
John M July 28, 2012 at 02:43 AM
@paul in today's newsday, it specifically says "after lifeguards successfully recusitated the boy, he and a guardian were transported to NCMC. His condition is exceptional"
Diane Radtke July 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM
@John M., Thanks for clearing this up John. I missed that in Newsday yesterday. Ok Paul, it's been verified. Now there's no question.
paul July 28, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Thank you for bringing that to my attention..... It is interesting that Newsday used the world "Guardian". I never saw a periodical use that word. It is usually friend or parent.... I used that word here several times. Do you think the author of the Newsday article reads the Patch? ;o) I bet they did...... Newsday: ........" and he was taken, with a guardian, to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow....." Those of you that are wondering if I am going to continue this diatribe, the answer is??????? Maybe... ;o) I have a feeling the guardian mentioned was an adult (person over 18) at the pool that knew the child........
Giants97 July 29, 2012 at 04:54 AM
If it happened at 6:40.. he wouldn't be allowed in the pool without someone 18 or older. After 6 I believe, no one under 14 is allowed in the pool without a person over 18. Occasionally there might be oversights to this but its followed pretty strictly.
Jenn July 29, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Then there is the classic case of the parent who doesn't give flying hoot. I have personally witnessed mother sitting in the shade by the kiddie pool, engrossed in their phone, iPad or even a book - with not even a glance in their toddlers direction. I watched a lifeguard stop a young child from pushing other kids, running, throwing things, etc......only to find out (while everyone wondered aloud where the parent was) that mom was behind her iPad, face fully shielded from the pool (for over 20 minutes while this went on). I wish this was a one time thing, but we all know it wasn't. No one can say that this same thing doesn't happen in the big pool. My friend's daughter tells me that her friend (underage) gets dropped at the pool - the mother pays for them to go in, gets her all set up, hangs around for about 15-20 minutes, then she leaves. She meets her out in the parking lot for pickup time. The system is not perfect when people intentionally exploit it.
victoria July 29, 2012 at 09:13 PM
thank god for the lifeguards... but how exactly did this child end up in the deep end, stop breathin,begin floating lifeless before anyone lifguard included noticed... and Yes where were the parents....


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