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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.

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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