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4-year-old rescued after falling into freezing water
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - A 4-year-old boy who fell through an
icy campground pond was rescued after being submerged in 12 feet of
"The water was freezing cold," said firefighter Stephen Check,
who jumped in to save the boy. "I just took a deep breath and went
under the water after him."
The boy, whose name was not released, was airlifted to a
hospital, where his condition was unavailable. The child was
reportedly breathing with the aid of a ventilator, according to the
Niagara County Sheriff's Department.
Chief Bill Ames of the Hartland Volunteer Fire Company called it
the most dramatic rescue in his 21 years as a firefighter.
"I've never had anything like this before," Ames told The
Buffalo News. "It gets you pumping."
Check, of the Barker Volunteer Fire Company, jumped feet first
into the 50-foot-wide pond Monday morning. He located the child
with the toe of his boot and nudged him toward a fellow firefighter
who pulled the boy to shore. The boy had been underwater for 20
"We don't see ourselves as heroes," Check said. "We gave him
the best possible chance to get the medical help he needed."
(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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03-09-2004, 02:10 AM #1
Take a moment to salute FF Stephen Check!!Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
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03-09-2004, 03:34 AM #2
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03-09-2004, 06:50 AM #3
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Way to go brother, good save!"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy
cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, worst, if fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat" Theodore Roosevelt
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03-09-2004, 09:41 AM #4
03-09-2004, 11:08 AM #5
Excellent job Brother!
I saw this story on the 6 o'clock news last night. Thought I would try to find the story in the local paper and post it here. But, it looks like Ed beat me to it! I guess I have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat you to a post eh, Ed?Shawn M. Cecula
IACOJ Division of Fire and EMS
03-09-2004, 11:17 AM #6
Here is the local article:
Boy, 4, rescued after falling through pond ice
By BILL MICHELMORE
News Niagara Bureau
NIAGARA FALLS - A 4-year-old Hartland boy was rescued after being under 12 feet of freezing water for 20 minutes when he fell through the ice Monday in a northern Niagara County campground pond.
"The water was freezing cold," said Barker volunteer firefighter Stephen Check, who jumped in to save the boy. "I just took a deep breath and went under the water after him."
The boy, whose name was not released, was rushed to Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital and then flown by Mercy Flight to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo. At the request of his family, information about his condition was not available Monday night.
The child was reportedly breathing with the aid of a ventilator, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Department.
Chief Bill Ames of the Hartland Volunteer Fire Company called it the most dramatic rescue in his 21 years in the fire service.
"I've never had anything like this before," he said. "It gets you pumping."
While on route to the scene, the Hartland fire company radioed the Barker Volunteer Fire Company because Barker volunteers are equipped with cold water rescue suits.
"Anything involving a child gets the adrenalin going," said Barker Fire Chief Franklin Rider Jr. "It was a very dramatic situation."
The boy's father, who lives in a house behind the pond, was standing by the hole in the ice and still making emergency calls on his cellular phone when fire and rescue crews arrived.
After jumping feet first into the 50-foot-wide pond, Check said he located the child with the toe of his boot and nudged him toward fellow firefighter Andrew Steel, who was also in the water.
"When I grabbed the boy (from Check) he was blue and didn't appear to be breathing," said Steel, who lifted the child onto the shore of the frozen pond.
On the pond bank, Barker fire company medics Hal Holly and Herbert Meyer administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation. When the boy did not respond, Check ran with the boy in his arms to a waiting ambulance.
Twin City paramedics in the back of the ambulance immediately began lifesaving procedures as the emergency vehicle sped to the Newfane hospital.
"If we saved the boy, I feel pretty good about it," said Steel. "But that's what we're trained to do."
"We don't see ourselves as heroes," said Check. "We gave him the best possible chance to get the medical help he needed."
More than 20 volunteers from the Hartland and Barker fire companies, and more than a dozen sheriff's deputies and medical personnel were at the scene of the 9:45 a.m. incident at the Hartland Cove Campgrounds on Hartland Road.
http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial...09/1011507.aspShawn M. Cecula
IACOJ Division of Fire and EMS
03-09-2004, 02:52 PM #7
GOOD JOB BRO...NICE TO READ A GOOD STORY IN HERE.
WEBTEAM...CANT THIS GET MOVE TO THE "GENERAL FORUM"
INSTEAD OF THE "OFF DUTY" SECTION?
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