Marine veteran helps save 2-year-old boy after child was pulled from pool

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Robert Serock jumped into action to help save the little boy. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Robert Serock jumped into action to help save the little boy. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Serock has written 3 books on living with PTSD. Serock has written 3 books on living with PTSD.
Serock was a Marine for four years and served in the Gulf War. Serock was a Marine for four years and served in the Gulf War.
The little boy was pulled from a pool in Mesa on Saturday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The little boy was pulled from a pool in Mesa on Saturday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The little boy was pulled from a pool in Mesa on Saturday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The little boy was pulled from a pool in Mesa on Saturday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A Marine veteran with PTSD jumped into action to help a little boy who was pulled from a Mesa pool Saturday. And he may have helped save the toddler's life.

One minute, Robert Serock, Jr. was talking to his neighbor inside a home near Dobson and Guadalupe in Mesa.

The next minute... panic and chaos.

“I heard people screaming and yelling,” said Serock “I saw them pull the baby out of the pool.”

[RELATED: 2-year-old pulled from pool in Mesa]

Serock said they never saw his neighbor's 2-year-old boy get out of the house, but they found him in the pool, unresponsive.

Serock wasted no time.

“I told them what to do… because I’ve done it before,” said Serock.

Serock was a Marine for four years and served in the Gulf War. He's written three books on living with PTSD, and this was the first time he's had to perform CPR since he served our country.

“I’ve been in combat; I’ve done it 100 times. But I’ve never done it on a little kid,” said Serock.

He said he held the baby's head while his dad did compressions, and said he coached the family through it all. Mesa police gave them a little bit of good news on the scene.

“When I talked to the officer he said that the child had a heartbeat and was breathing,” said Serock

Serock said the emotions of this experience are heartbreaking to somebody who struggles with PTSD but said his duty to protect others still runs in his blood, and always will.

“It brings everything back, but you gotta do what you gotta do,” said Serock. “I just did what I was taught to do.”  

And Serock said there was a brick wall around the pool, as well as a gate.

Right now, the 2-year-old boy is currently at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa.

So far Mesa officials have not been able to give us any updates on his condition.

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