4-year-old pulled from Winchester lake by off-duty officer

A 4-year-old boy was pulled from the water at Sandy Beach in Winchester Saturday afternoon and revived by an off-duty Revere police officer, according to authorities.

Fire officials responded to the beach around 3 p.m. after receiving a call that a boy had been found submerged in the water, Winchester Fire Lieutenant Thomas Groux said.

When they arrived, the Revere officer was performing CPR on the boy, with the help of a doctor who was at the beach at the time, Groux said.

The boy was taken to Winchester Hospital, then transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital, according to State Police Sergeant Nicole Morrell. She said she didn’t know the boy’s condition, but he was alert and conscious “at one point.”


Revere police identified School Resource Officer Joseph Singer as the man who rescued the child. Singer was at the beach with his children when his 8-year-old daughter alerted him that a young boy was under water, according to Revere Police Captain Amy O’Hara.

“He immediately picked him out of the water,” O’Hara said, noting that the water was about four-to-five feet deep.

Singer yelled for someone to call 911, then began CPR when a man on the beach identified himself as a doctor and took over, according to O’Hara.

Singer described the doctor as “a Godsend,” O’Hara said.

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