Feb 062011

SURPRISE, Ariz. — A fast-thinking teenager saved the life of a 4-year-old boy in Surprise Thursday night.

Fire Chief Kevin Pool told CBS 5 News a graduation party was under way near 161st Avenue and Dynamite Boulevard. A neighboring teenager in charge of the child had come to the house to celebrate with the family.

Pool said the teenager noticed the back door open and in the process of retrieving the family’s cat, the teen saw the 4-year-old in the pool and pulled him out. He started rescue breathing on the child while another person called 911.

By the time paramedics arrived at the home, the child was awake and crying, Pool said. He was only in the water a few minutes and was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital as a precautionary measure.

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