Feb 072013

An off-duty Phoenix firefighter saved a 3-year-old boy from drowning Saturday afternoon, fire authorities said.

The firefighter, whose name was not released, found the boy floating at a resort pool near 16th Street and Belmont Avenue at about 3:30 p.m.

He quickly pulled the child from the pool. The child was lifeless and not breathing. The off-duty firefighter began CPR and after a few minutes, the child regained consciousness, said Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jonathan Jacobs.

“The actions of this firefighter were crucial in the survival of this child,” Jacobs said.

The child was rushed to a local emergency room. He was in stable condition.

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