Police officer saves boy from drowning

A little boy nearly drowned at this apartment complex swimming pool in Atoka, TN
A little boy nearly drowned at this apartment complex swimming pool in Atoka, TN

(WMC-TV) - A 7-year-old boy nearly drowned at an Atoka, Tennessee apartment complex pool.  If it wasn't for the quick thinking of an off-duty Memphis police officer, the boy may  not be alive today.

The young man is recovering at LeBonheur Children's Hospital after an off-duty Memphis Police officer picked him up out of the pool, did CPR, and saved his life.

The pool is a very inviting place for children and adults, especially in 100 degree heat.  But the crystal blue water can also be dangerous.

"I saw the kids playing with their father and all of a sudden, literally seconds later, I saw his father pull him out of the pool, his body was limp," said eyewitness, Jennifer Creswell.

Creswell lives at The Woodlands at Capital Way in Atoka.

She was swimming with her 11-year-old son when the 7-year-old boy went under water.

"They were playing Marco Polo, literally five minutes before it happened and all the kids were with their father, it all happened so fast," Creswell said.

Eyewitnesses say the boy was pulled from the water within seconds.

An off-duty Memphis police officer administered CPR and apartment officials called 911.

"Paramedics took him and he was definitely moving around but he wasn't responding or talking," said Creswell. "His dad was talking to him, trying to keep him alert."

There is no lifeguard on duty at the apartment pool and this was the first incident of its kind at the complex.

"We were in the office having a meeting when Jennifer came in and said a little boy was drowning, so I picked up the phone and called 911," said apartment manager, Felecia Gargus.

Gargus and others say they learned a very important lesson from the near death experience and that is everyone should know how to save a life.

"I myself am personally going to get some CPR lessons cause I don't ever want to be in a situation like this again and for everyone else I suggest the same thing," said Creswell.

Gargus agrees, "If something like this ever happens again, it no one else is around, at least I'll know that I know.

Atoka police credit the quick work of the Memphis police officer for saving the little boy's life.

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