Exclusives
FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+RSS Feed
Fire EMSEMS TodayEMS Insider

Paramedics Revive Boy Pulled From Pool

It was paramedic Steven Dorich's first day on the job and not one he'll soon forget.

The 25-year-old was one of six Chicago Fire Department paramedics responsible for reviving a 7-year-old boy who nearly drowned in a pool at the Chicago Park District's Lindbloom Park Thursday afternoon on the South Side, officials said. The boy was in fair condition Thursday night at a local hospital. In fact, he asked to go home, fire officials said. "It's my luck that I would get that call on my first day." Dorich said. "But I'm just glad the kid is all right."

The boy, whose name has not been released, had been underwater for at least four minutes before being pulled from the pool in the 6000 block of South Damen. The youngster was not breathing. Lifeguards applied CPR to keep his heart beating. Paramedics from Engine Company 101 in Englewood arrived within two minutes of the call and were able to revive the boy by performing advanced life support care.

Responding paramedic Joseph Hoefling credited four Park District lifeguards with helping save the boy. "If they [lifeguards] didn't see him underwater and didn't dive in and pull him out, he might not be here today," Hoefling said. "They did an excellent job."

RELATED ARTICLES

Understanding Why EMS Systems Fail

Learn to recognize trigger points that could ruin your system.

West River Ambulance Receives New Rig

West River Ambulance in Hettinger, ND recently received a much-needed upgrade from their 1992 rig. A 2014 Ford/AEV Type III Custom Conversion rig with a 6.8 ...

Unlikely Pairing Leads to Health Care Education Wins

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing and Harris County Emergency Corps (HCEC) have formed an unlikely pairin...

Know When and How Your Patient Can Legally Refuse Care

Refusal of care straddles the intersection of ethical, legal and scientific domains of prehospital practice.

Reflecting on 35 Years of Innovation in JEMS

Take a walk through the last 35 years of EMS in JEMS.

Readers Sound Off About Glove Use After Patient Care

How often are you susceptible to potentially unclean surfaces?

Features by Topic

JEMS Connect

CURRENT DISCUSSIONS

 
 

EMS BLOGS

Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

Featured Careers