Sep 052011

TEMPE, Ariz. — A one-year-old boy was fighting for his life Wednesday night after nearly drowning in a backyard pool.

It happened in a backyard near U.S. 60 and Rural Road just before 8 p.m.

Officials told CBS 5 News the child was home with one adult family member when the caretaker lost track of him for just a second.

It was long enough for the boy to find his way into the pool.

* VIDEO: 1-Year-Old Nearly Drowns In Backyard Pool

The adult was performing CPR on him when paramedics arrived. He was rushed to a local hospital.

Officials said this is one of the most difficult calls they respond to.

“This is a tragedy. There is no doubt that the police and fire personnel were definitely shook up. A lot of us are parents ourselves and this is one of the worse calls you can go on in a police or fire career,” said Lt. Scott Smith.

Smith said this serves as a terrible reminder to make sure to always keep an eye on children near water.

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