The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 13, 2013

EMTs gathered for event save 5-year-old boy at pool

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— MIFFLINBURG — A 5-year-old boy found floating motionless and face-down was rescued Wednesday night at Mifflinburg Community Pool, where 10 emergency medical technicians were nearby for the borough’s annual safety fair.

The boy, whom officials would not identify, was responsive and talking after being resuscitated.

The child was taken by Mifflinburg EMTs to a local hospital, first responders said.

“No one was going to drown with all these EMTs here,” said one EMT, who declined to give his name.

The incident happened about 6:40 p.m. when a lifeguard noticed the child had stopped swimming and was floating face down in the water, pool manager Ron Bollinger said.

About 75 people were at the pool at the time.

The lifeguard immediately scooped the child from the water and EMTs were summoned, Bollinger said.

The child was treated and was alert and talking, he said. The pool was later reopened.

The incident happened as the annual Mifflinburg Safety Fair was taking place at the adjacent community park. Local EMTs who were there for the event responded immediately to the emergency at the pool, Mifflinburg Police Chief Doug Bickhart said.

The popular, annual safety fair in the community park is Mifflinburg’s take on National Night Out and draws hundreds of people, mostly families, and local law enforcement and first responders. The crowd seemed a little unsettled by events but was able to resume activities that included a dunk tank, a bike giveaway and a free fingerprinting and DNA “cheek swab” for children.

Also at the park were Mifflinburg police, deputies form Union County Sheriff’s Office, a state game warden and Mifflinburg Hose Co. firefighters and EMTs.