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.”