A pool party in Sterling Heights, Michigan, turned into a life-or-death situation after a 2-year-old boy almost drowned and had to be rescued.
Thanks to the heroic efforts of Sterling Heights Police Officer Nathan Sears, the boy was ultimately rescued and resuscitated.
The Sterling Heights Police Department later released the dramatic body-camera video showing the intense moments when Sears jumped into action to save the boy, who was found lifeless at the bottom of a swimming pool.
The July 9 incident occurred during a seemingly normal pool gathering, where adults and children were enjoying the warm weather. The father of the child had been chatting with his son just moments before tragedy struck.
He noticed his 2-year-old boy at the bottom of the pool, unresponsive. Without hesitation, he leaped into the water to retrieve his son and, alongside the mother, began administering CPR.
Sears arrived at the scene to find the young boy still blue and struggling to breathe. Acting swiftly, he picked up the child and performed back blows to help clear his airway. The officer’s body camera captured the nerve-wracking moments when he successfully managed to revive the child, who started crying.
After administering initial aid, the toddler was handed over to the Sterling Heights Fire Department, who promptly rushed the child to the hospital for further medical attention. Fortunately, the boy was able to make a full recovery, and he has since been released from the hospital, returning to his happy and healthy self.
In the aftermath of the incident, the Sterling Heights P.D. issued a statement, urging people to remain vigilant about water safety and to learn CPR. The accident took place in the presence of other pool-goers, yet went unnoticed until the father discovered the child in distress.
“Please use this as a reminder of water safety and to learn C.P.R.! This accident occurred and went unnoticed by people within the pool, mere feet away from the child. Stay vigilant and enroll in a C.P.R. class to help save a life!” the department wrote on Facebook.
Sears’ heroic actions received praise from the Sterling Heights P.D., which commended the entire team for their extraordinary efforts in rescuing the young boy.
The incident comes just weeks after a separate rescue in Michigan involving 2-year-old child who almost drowned in a bathtub.