Heroes can be anyone -- ordinary people who do extraordinary things and helped save lives, like three construction workers who sprang into action and rescued a drowning child.
“I noticed a young lady jumping off the dock,” said Lucas. “It didn't look natural. It looked panicky.”
“Chris glanced over to the dock over here and said “Something's wrong,’ and immediately bolted,” said Sean Sumner.
All three men ran toward the dock where a woman was in the water, trying to rescue a toddler.
“As I was running, I was taking my bags, my harness off, my vest, my phone came out, my wallet came out,” said Ernesto Vasquez.
Chris got there first.
“And I jumped in,” said Lucas. “Somehow I landed on a pillar, on a piling, and was able to get to my feet. When I could, she came over, and I grabbed the little boy, and I put him up on the dock.”
“from then on it was just working together to get this kid to breathe,” said Sumner.
The tiny boy was blue.
“I started to try to expel as much of the water that was in his lungs as much as possible,” said Lucas.
“Screaming at him, yelling 'Come on baby, come on, wake up, come on,’” said Vasquez.
“I turned him over, he was still blue,” said Lucas. “I didn't feel a pulse again.”
The toddler had wandered away from his mom while at this playground not far from the lake.
“I gave him another breath, and I had to turn away because he vomited and Ernesto took over for a couple breaths, and then I went back to him,” said Lucas.
All three men are consistently trained in first aid and CPR as a requirement for their jobs. Together, they used that training to save the little boy.
“It was just instinctual,” said Lucas. “I didn't think about it. I just did it.”
“Finally we heard him like cry out,” said Sumner. “That changed our lives, I'd have to say.”
“From seeing the baby, pale, dilated pupils, not breathing, very limp, very little pulse on him, we thought that it was literally a miracle that we were able to help out and get the baby out,” said Vasquez. “Life-changing experience.”
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