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Firefighters Revive Wilson Boy Who Fell In Pool

Posted January 27, 2005

— A Wilson boy survived a fall into a pool Wednesday after Wilson firefighters responded within a minute of the accident and helped revive the boy quickly.

The 3-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld, fell into a pool Wednesday at 702 Libby Street in Wilson. His family said he was pretending to fish from the pool when he slipped.

Because the crews were just five blocks away, they were able to arrive at the home within one minute. The child's grandfather had already pulled him from the water, so firefighters immediately performed patient care.

Wilson County EMS workers arrived and transported the child to Wilson Medical Center.

"(At first) he wasn't breathing at all," said Captain Danny Skinner, of the Wilson Fire Department. "When we left the hospital, he was crying and starting to settle down. You treat every call the same, but when it's a kid it's different. It really reminds you of why you do this every day."

"These professionals make me proud every day," said Chief Don Oliver of Wilson Fire/Rescue Services. "I'm especially proud of them right now. They knew what to do and they took care of him right away."

"This could have been a lot worse," Skinner said. "I'm grateful for our partnership with Wilson County's emergency personnel. They were critical in our efforts to get the child to appropriate medical care."


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