TAVARES – Lake County Fire Rescue Lt. Shannon Bush only thought he was taking a vacation from work when he and his family decided to spend a few days at an Orlando-area resort last week. Instead, the 14-year department veteran and Emergency Medical Technician found himself saving the life of a 4-year-old who nearly drowned.
A little girl, who had moments earlier walked by and said hello to the family, was discovered lying at the bottom of the hotel pool.
“She was lifeless and unresponsive, so I started doing the things I was trained to do,” said Lt. Bush. “I started doing CPR. I gave a couple of breaths, then continued doing compressions while others took over giving breaths. After about two minutes, I checked for a pulse and she had a strong pulse and started moving.”
Within minutes, emergency personnel arrived to transport the child to a local hospital. Lt. Bush, who has since been in touch with the child’s family who had been visiting from Ohio, is happy to report that the child was treated and released from the hospital the next day.
“I was thankful that I was there, and for the quick response from everybody that helped out,” said Lt. Bush.
“Lt. Shannon Bush is a prime example of the caliber of firefighters that make up Lake County Fire Rescue,” said Public Safety Chief John Jolliff. “Our firefighters are highly-trained, and never off duty when it comes to stepping in to save a life. Lt. Bush deserves to be hailed a hero for his swift actions in rescuing this young child.”
Each day in the U.S., 10 people die from drowning and two of these are children under the age of 14. Florida has the highest drowning rate in the nation for children under 14, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. In addition to urging citizens to practice proper water safety, Lake County Fire Rescue encourages people to learn CPR. Classes are offered through the Lake County Public Safety Department by calling 352-343-9458.
For more information about Lake County Fire Rescue’s operations, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/firerescue, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue, or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO.
MEDIA: For questions about Lake County Fire Rescue active calls and incidents, contact Lake County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Chief Jack Fillman at 352-343-5434.