Security guard saves the day; rescues elderly woman

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 4:18 PM

PHOENIX -- Quick action by a security guard at an apartment complex may have saved the life of an 80-year-old woman.

Marley Dominique was doing rounds at the Villa Salerno apartments in north Phoenix, when he saw a woman running around the pool, frantically waving her arms.

"She was waving her hands and she was on the phone, waving her hands at me," says Dominique. "She was waving her hands so fast, I knew something was wrong."

It turned out, the woman's best friend was floating in the pool, unconscious. "She was face down, and she wasn't moving," says Dominique.

With the help of another man, the security guard says he was able to pull her out of the water. "I went in, and I saw another gentleman trying to pull her out of the pool, but he was unsuccessful," he says."So I went, and I got her out of the pool."

She was close enough to the side of the pool that Dominique could grab her hand. "I didn't have to jump in the pool because she was closer to the edge of the pool," Dominique tells us. "I just grabbed her by the hand, and picked her up out of the pool and laid her on her back."

Dominique started CPR, and continued it for about 10 minutes until paramedics arrived.

"I was a little scared," he says. "I just reacted because I knew what to do. I had CPR training before, so I knew how to react to the situation, and I tried to stay as calm as possible."

Dominique tells 3TV he had actually met the woman a few days before. "I didn't think about anything else except just to help her," he says. "I just felt like I needed to try to save her life."

Neighbors and colleagues are calling Dominique a hero. The humble security guard says he was just glad to be in the right place to help when it mattered most.

"I think I'm just a guy who was there at the right time," Dominique says. "I just did my job like I was supposed to. I don't really consider myself a hero. But I appreciate the thought."

The 80-year-old woman is expected to make a full recovery.

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