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Lifeguards save child's life

By: Sherrie Williams
Due to the quick reaction of lifeguards at Iowa Park’s Pool and Spray Park Sunday evening, a young child’s life was saved.

According to Park Recreation Director Robbie Matthews, lifeguards performed CPR on a small child after he was taken from the pool unconscious and not breathing.

Lifeguards Corey Williams and Brian Bowley worked to rescue and resuscitate the child, who was conscious and breathing when Iowa Park First Responders arrived.

“These things can happen in the blink of an eye and I am grateful we have a good team up there looking out for everyone’s safety,” said Matthews. “It is a tough job.”

Matthews explained the lifeguards are well trained before they start the job as lifeguard and must pass an intense certification training before becoming certified. They also have weekly in-house refresher sessions.

“I am grateful for everyone who helped including the concerned citizens,” said Matthews.

The child was transported by ambulance to a Wichita Falls hospital where he was reportdly treated and released.

“Those lifeguards up there did a great job,” said Iowa Park Fire Chief Randy Fulbright. “Let me put it this way, I feel secure enough I will let my grandkids go. They know what they are doing up there and they did a good job. They had already done the job and what was needed and the child was breathing when the EMTs arrived.”