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Lifeguards save 12-year-old from drowning at Aurora pool

Lifeguards saved a 12-year-old boy from drowning Wednesday at the Town of Aurora Community Pool, according to East Aurora police.

Kevin Murnock, a lifeguard at the pool, was the first to notice the boy, a sixth grader at East Aurora Middle School.

It was at the end of Murnock's shift when he noticed the boy was underwater in the deep end of the pool for too long a period. Murnock jumped in to rescue the youth.

"I was like, 'Is he playing a game?' You know how kids are in the pool, like, 'Let's see who can hold their breath the longest,' " Murnock recalled.

"He was playing a game, but he went unconscious, so I grabbed a tube and jumped in and got him out as fast as we could," Murnock said.

Chris Musshafen, director of recreation and aquatics for the Town of Aurora, took part in the rescue.

"Kevin brought him to the side and I extricated the victim," Musshafen said.

"I noticed (the boy) had a heartbeat but wasn't breathing. So I started giving rescue breaths, a little oxygen to his lungs and after a little while he started breathing on his own. We monitored his condition until EMS came around," Musshafen added.

Kevin Murnock.

Murnock – who has been a lifeguard at the municipal pool for three years – estimated that there were about 100 middle school-age students in the pool at the time, all of them participating in a class field trip.

"EMS got here really fast and so did Aurora Fire Department. So it was pretty snappy," Murnock said.

Police and firefighters were called to the pool at 10:22 a.m., according to East Aurora Police Chief Shane Krieger.

The 12-year-old was transported by ambulance to Oishei Children's Hospital for evaluation.

"He was conscious and alert and breathing on his own when they put him into the ambulance, a little scared but he was doing OK," Krieger said.

Chris Musshafen.

Musshafen, who has worked for the town's recreation and aquatics department since 2014, said he did not recall a similar rescue at the municipal pool.

"It's a little bit startling but we do go through a lot of training for this," Musshafen said.

"Since I've been here, we haven't had a passive victim. In the past, they've been conscious and everything, so we'd just jump in and make the save, which is nice and easy, but this one was a little different," he added.

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