A Valley father received a call that his 1-year-old son was in the hospital and they weren’t sure if he was going to survive.
It was May 13, 2008 when Eric Myers’ wife went to check on her son who was being watched by a relative.
That relative had a backyard swimming pool, but no fencing around it.
The boy was found floating in the water. He had been in there for four minutes.
Four years later, Myers took part in a news conference hosted by the Mesa Fire Department and Cardon Children’s Medical Center warning parents about the dangers of unsupervised children in homes with pools.
“Go home tonight,” Myers said, “sit on the couch with your kids and actually look at a clock. Watch the hands move and count four minutes. Watch how many times your child takes a breath during that time and imagine those breaths being robbed by water.”
Doctors were able to save Myers’ son, who is now a healthy 5-year-old, he said.
So far this year, seven children have drowned in the Valley.