LAKEWOOD, Ohio — It started out as a day of fun in the sun at the Charles A. Foster pool in Lakewood, Ohio last Thursday – but things quickly turned dangerous.
Lifeguard Jack Viglianco, 15, told WJW, “I heard like a ‘Help, ah,’ kind of thing. And I looked over and I saw a guy who’s probably like 3 feet 6 inches, in the 4-foot water and gasping for air.”
The victim was a 4-year-old boy at the pool for a summer camp field trip.
Viglianco said the young boy was bobbing up and down, screaming for help.
Not only was it Jack’s first day on the job, it was only 20 minutes into his shift, when he had to put the lifesaving skills he had just learned to the test.
“Active drowners can still breathe, and they’re still above water, but they are still in the act of drowning,” said Viglianco.
Lakewood aquatics manager Matt Demaline said, …