Child rescued from resort pool by off-duty firefighter

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- An off-duty Phoenix firefighter is credited with saving a 3-year-old boy who nearly drowned in a resort pool Saturday.

The incident occurred at about 3:00 p.m. at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort near 16th St. and Northern Ave.

The off-duty firefighter saw the boy floating in the water and pulled him to safety, according Captain Jonathan Jacobs with the Phoenix Fire Department. The child was lifeless and not breathing and the off-duty firefighter began CPR.

After a few minutes, the child regained consciousness. He became alert and awake and was transported to Phoenix Children's Hospital for precautionary reasons, explained Capt. Jacobs.

Capt. Jacobs said via email that, "The actions of this firefighter were crucial in the survival of this child."

The child was stable when he arrived at Phoenix Children's Hospital, according to Capt. Jacobs, who went on to say, "We are very proud of our firefighters and the good work they do in the community when not at work."

The boy is expected to be okay.