Northbrook Park District lifeguards rescued a child on June 13 from the bottom of the pool at the the Meadowhill Aquatic Center.
The child, 7, was brought to the surface unconscious, and lifesaving measures commenced as soon as he was brought to the surface by a lifeguard shortly before 5 p.m. on June 13, district spokeswoman Ann Ziolkowski said.
Other guards joined in lifesaving measures as the child was taken from the pool. They were joined first by Northbrook police and then Northbrook Fire Department paramedics. The boy was taken to the hospital breathing and conscious, Ziolkowski said. The pool was cleared and closed for the night three hours early.
Northbrook Fire Department Deputy Chief Dan Quinn was one of the first from his department on the scene. He said police arrived in about three minutes, and fire personnel about three minutes after that.
He said that the boy was treated on the scene and taken by ambulance to a hospital. He wouldn’t comment on the child’s condition, due to the privacy constraints of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
He said that the lifeguards at the pool, which reopened for the season Memorial Day weekend, last received lifesaving joint fire training with his department on June 9. “I think it helped everyone,” he said.
District lifeguards have been recognized for life-saving prowess, including the 5-star award for excellence in lifesaving ability from the Lincolnshire-based Starfish Aquatics Institute, in 2014, according to Pioneer archives.
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