Alert Volunteers Save Swimmers’ Lives

Alert Volunteers Save Swimmers’ Lives

Volunteer Fireman Sherrill Cole, swimming at a motel in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on September 1, noticed the body of a child lying on the bottom of the pool. Bystanders thought the youngster was only diving for pennies, but sensing disaster, Fireman Cole brought up the body of Lenon Suttles, age 8, of Dayton, Tenn. The boy was not breathing so Fireman Cole stretched him out on the pool apron and applied prone pressure method of resuscitation.

After a few minutes the Gatlinburg Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue truck arrived, but due to the prompt efforts of Fireman Cole, the child was already beginning to breathe again although unconscious. After giving oxygen for several minutes the boy was transported to the local hospital where further resuscitative measures were applied. Later when out of danger the boy was transported to Knoxville for observation. Had it not been for the prompt rescue and resuscitation by Firemen Cole the boy would in all probability have died.

This is the second area near-drowning during this summer season. The first occurred on July 8 at Pigeon Porge in the pool of the Vacation Motel operated by George Worsham, a volunteer fireman with the Sevierville Fire Department. Mr. Worsham’s rescue efforts and resuscitation saved the life of Miss Frances Harness of Danville, Ky.

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