15-year-old Jack Viglianco started out his new job at the Charles A. Foster pool in Lakewood. But things quickly turned dangerous in just a matter of minutes.
Lifeguard Jack Viglianco, 15, says, “I heard like a help, ah, kind of thing. And I looked over and I saw a guy who’s probably like 3’6′, in the 4-foot water and gasping for air.”
The victim was actually a four-year-old boy at the pool for a summer camp field trip.
Viglianco says the young boy was bobbing up and down, screaming for help.
Not only was it Jack’s first day on the job, it was only 20 minutes into his shift, when he had to put the lifesaving skills he had just learned to the test.
“Active drowners can still breathe, and they’re still above water, but they are still in the act of drowning,” said Viglianco.
“Jack activated our emergency response plan,” Lakewood aquatics manager Matt Demaline said. “He got down off the chair and jumped in and helped the kid to safety. He had just completed … a five-hour orientation the day before for all of our new and returning staff and we were ready to go, day one.”
Lakewood’s aquatics department says the scary scene proved to be the perfect reminder to parents and caregivers about safety at the pool…knowing things can drastically take a turn for the worse in the blink of an eye.