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Paramedics Try to Save Toddler

MIFFLIN TOWNSHIP (Ben Garbarek) --- Three paramedics may say they’re just doing their job, but they tried to save a life.

Paramedics said they got the worst call they can think of - a two year-old boy face down in a shallow swimming pool.

“Of all the runs we go on, this is probably the worst,” said firefighter Brian Roy.

They quickly loaded the child and his mother into the back of the ambulance.

“I said, ‘Mom, you come in the back of the truck with us,’” said paramedic Lt. Harold Broskie.  “(I said), ‘stay with your son, rub his little feet’. I said, ‘hey, say a prayer.  Say a prayer for all of us.’”

Sadly none of that was enough to save the child.  He died at the hospital.

“The hardest thing is seeing the family and everyone breaking down,” Broskie said.  “I got grandkids so it kind of hit home for us.  (I) called the family and told the grandkids I loved them.”

Unfortunately Broskie said this is a call he gets far too often this time of year.

“It’s the summertime,” he said.  “It happens all the time.  You always hope you won’t be on that type of run, but we did and we did what we could do.”

Paramedics said all parents can really do to avoid situations like this is keep a close eye on children if they're near a pool.

 
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