A recent police report claims that a man who had never learned how to swim put heroism ahead of practice, leaping into the pool of a New Jersey La Quinta Inn to save a nine-year-old boy from drowning.
Officers with the Fairfield police claim that a Paterson female and her male companion were swimming in the motel’s pool with their five children, ranging in age between 1 and 9 years. None of the pool-goers had learned how to swim and the nine-year-old had gone below the water’s surface.
While the woman’s companion fled to the front desk in order to get help, Randolph Tajada-Perez, a resident of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, overheard the companion’s panicked cries and ran to save the boy. Tajada-Perez was in the middle of checking in when the companion made it to the front desk. While Tajada-Perez had just as little training in swimming as the children or the adult parties involved, he wasted no time in plunging into the pool to save the child. After several attempts, the boy was resuscitated and is currently in stable condition.
The process of drowning is divided up into four stages.The drowning process begins the moment that a person is unable to keep his head above water.
- The moment that the body needs to refresh its oxygen supply upon voluntarily holding one’s breath.
- Fluids enter the person’s airway or are swallowed.
- Oxygen empties the body and breathing stops.
- Irreversible brain damage as a result of oxygen deprivation.