by Matt Genovese
JACKSON-On Tuesday July 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm, Jackson Township police officers, responded to a residence on Castle Avenue along with career firefighters of Jackson Township Fire Department, District #3, Quality First Aid and MONOC Paramedics on the report of possible CPR in progress on a four year old child.
It was learned by officers on scene that the four year old boy had been discovered at the bottom of the deep end of a swimming pool and had been under water for approximately one minute. Family members on scene were able to pull him out and begin first aid while 911 was called.
The first crew to arrive from the fire department were Firefighter/EMT Michael McLaughlin and
Firefighter/EMT Vincent Schwartz. Upon their arrival, the child was unresponsive.
They began treating the child.
Firefighters Schwartz and McLaughlin were assisted by the crew from Engine 5511, Lieutenant Gerard Maroney, Firefighter/EMT Patrick Hilger and Fire Prevention Specialist Mim Stacy. The firefighters were able to revive the child quickly after taking over treatment.
The child was handed over to Quality Medical EMTs and MONOC paramedics who transferred the child to the CentraState Hospital in Freehold.
Chief Mike Waters of Fire District #3 was also on scene. He said about the career firefighters, “They did a very good job today.” and was happy that this call will end “with a very good outcome.” He continued “the child was breathing on his own when the ambulance left for the hospital.”
Lt. Steven Laskiewicz, of the Jackson Police Department, confirmed at 5:30 pm that the child’s condition was stable when EMT’s arrived at the hospital.