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Aquatics Hero Jared Thurston

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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2014

Last July, 19 year-old lifeguard Jared Thurston was on duty at the Wallingford community pool, part of a team overseeing a busy afternoon with approximately 300 people in the water. He noticed two boys drifting into deep water and was about to whistle them back to the shallow end when he noticed one boy was flailing. Once Thurston reached the boy, he was floating face down and not breathing. Thurston turned the boy over and said the boy's eyes rolled back in his head. That is "one of those things you're never going to forget," Thurston told a reporter from New England Cable News.

Thurston acted quickly, pulling the boy from the water. Colleagues called 911 and helped get the ambulance through the gates to the pool. Two other guards, Rob Purcell and Tim Russo, "were right there to assist me in starting CPR because he had no pulse and he was not breathing," Thurston said.

Thurston became a lifeguard because of his own experience nearly drowning when he was a captain of his high school swim team. His teammates and lifeguards pulled him out and saved him. Thurston recalled that moment and his teammates calling him back to consciousness, so he talked to the boy, encouraging him to follow his voice and squeeze his hand.

The boy was successfully resuscitated and has recovered.

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