A family had the scare of their life Saturday evening when a child fell into a Brentwood pool on Cathedral Circle at roughly 5:27 pm.
A bystander quickly called 9-1-1 and Brentwood Police, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and American Medical Response all responded—a medical helicopter was requested when dispatched as crews were unsure if the child was alert or breathing.
Upon arrival, crews stated the child was alert and responsive thanks to immediate actions of a bystander and the family. The helicopter was immediately cancelled.
According to a first responder on scene, the child did vomit lots of water, but that it appeared he would be okay even though he was pretty “shaken” by the event.
David Donny Brown posted the following message on our Facebook Page including a photo of the child doing well at the Hospital.
“There were three people watching him from about ten feet away. He fell in the water and they jumped in to save him. Drowning happens very quickly even when you are watching. He is doing great by the way,” said Brown.
Ivonne Ocon Brown, the child’s mother, explained on our page it only took seconds but that he never lost consciousness. She said her child is doing “good” and that it was “the scariest day of my life”.
She further explained she wishes this would never ever happen to anyone and that he was not wearing floaties because they were getting ready to go home.
When listening to this call occur over radio traffic, it gave me no greater joy than arriving on scene to see the young boy give a “knuckles” to one of the firefighters. We were told that because of the quick actions of many and people on scene paying attention, a childs life was saved. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and wish the young boy a speedy recovery.
Photo of the child posted by Ivonne Ocon Brown