Lifeguards Su Cui and David Schulman had plenty of lifeguard training, but it hadn’t been called into service until last month, when they rescued a child from the bottom of a swimming pool in Framingham.
Their efforts may have saved the life of the 10-year-old boy.
Schulman and Cui, along with police, firefighters, EMTs, and a helicopter transport crew, were honored by Framingham selectmen and the district attorney’s office Tuesday .
According to Fire Chief Gary Daugherty, an emergency report of a drowning child sent rescue units to an apartment complex’s pool at 9 School St., just off Queens Way, on July 19.
The pool was busy that day, Schulman recalled. “All of the sudden, we hear a group of kids yelling for help,” he said, and his training kicked in from there, as he pulled the child out of the water.
“After I . . . found that he had a strong pulse, all I could think of is to do something to help,” said Cui, who began CPR and rescue breathing until firefighters and paramedics arrived.
Daugherty said it appeared the boy had been underwater for two to three minutes.
The boy was flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester where his condition was stabilized.
“The incident went very well from the beginning,” Daugherty said. “We understand that he made a full recovery.”
Daugherty said it was the public safety system working as a whole that “prevented a serious situation from ending in a tragedy.”
“I’m extremely proud,” said Robert Schulman, David’s father. “How could I not be? It shows the value of the training, as well as his own abilities.”
Speaking at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said the actions of Cui and Schulman were all the more remarkable because the two had been working at the pool for only about a week.
During her address to the board and its audience, Ryan urged vigilance whenever children are near a pool.
Ryan was speaking as part of her office’s “Splash into a Safe Swim Season” campaign, a partnership with local pool companies to educate the public on water safety.