Jogger saves 2 young children from Brookline reservoir

A jogger happened to be in the right place at the right time Monday afternoon when she pulled two young children from a reservoir in Brookline.

The jogger was running in Reservoir Park near Route 9 at 4:10 when she saw a stroller holding the children, ages 1 and 3, rolling down a path toward the water — a 3- or 4-foot drop, Brookline Patrol Officer Ron McNeil said Tuesday.


“She began sprinting toward the stroller, [but] wasn’t able to reach it in time,” said McNeil. She then jumped into the reservoir, where the stroller was face-down, submerging the children who were still strapped in, McNeil said.

The jogger flipped the stroller over so the children’s heads were above water and then pulled it from the reservoir with a little help, McNeil said.

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The children were evaluated by fire department and ambulance personnel, but were fine, McNeil said. He did not know whether they were sent to a hospital as a precaution.

Neither McNeil nor Lieutenant Philip Harrington knew how the stroller began to roll toward the water. Harrington said the father was present, but Harrington did not know the circumstances of the incident or when the father noticed that the children had fallen into the water. He did not know if the incident was being investigated.

Harrington said another person, who was not identified, also jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue the children, but the jogger mentioned having to help her out of the water as well.

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