Another Child Rescued from Civic Center Pool

Lifeguard's quick action saves life of 4-year-old.

For the second time in as many weeks, a child was rescued Monday morning from the .

According to Dan Schiradelly, battalion chief with the , paramedics were called to the pool for a report of a possible drowning at about 9 a.m.  When they arrived they found a 4-year-old boy to be conscious and breathing.

Rich Zielke, the park district executive director, said a lifeguard in the pool’s zero-depth play area noticed the boy struggling and quickly jumped into action. The boy was unconscious and not breathing when the lifeguard pulled him from the water, Zielke said. However, the lifeguard quickly performing live-saving techniques, and he was revived by the time paramedics arrived.

Zielke said the boy was at the pool as part of the district’s Kids Connection summer camp program.

The incident is similar to in which a 5-year-old Oswego boy was rescued and saved by pool lifeguards. Zielke said the number of rescues at the pool already this year is highly unusual.

“This is the first time in my 20 years in parks and recreation that I can remember this many rescues,” he said. 

Loreta J. June 14, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I usually don't get into arguing on these things, but I have say something here to Greg and to Mike Ellison: Mikes comment was: "This is a Park District program. The last time I looked, the Park District is a government agency. But feel free to drop your kids off wherever you want so that they can be raised by other people- most of whom you barely know." And Greg also does not want us to rely on the park district to raise our kids... I have been a single mom since my son was 2. He is now almost 14 and spent before, after school, and summers at Kids Connection from 1st grade through 5th. He is an honor roll/high honor roll student since 6th grade, plays travel soccer, is in the band and trying out for a spot in the IMEA Honor band this fall, has played a sport every season so far in Junior High, has played Park District Soccer since 1st grade, swim lessons, has his own little business of picking up dog poop and cutting lawns for a few of our neighbors and he babysits. I work full time and I have never missed a soccer game, a wrestling match, a track meet, a band event, etc. He is extremely outgoing, independent, intelligent, well spoken, and just a good person overall. I think I have done a pretty darn good job with my son, and I worked full time every day since he was 2. The Park District was a God Send and I am thankful that Oswego has a program like this.
Momof3 June 14, 2012 at 02:51 PM
There is now a 4-6 year old preschool program, you are correct. I would hesitate to slander such a program though. In no way did it indicate that it was their fault. There is enough guilt parents who work, even par time put on themselves. There is no need to fault parents who find daycare options for their children. It is a necessity for most, not a choice. Stop judging one another, it is just plain ignorant and rude!
Momof3 June 14, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Well said!
mike ellison June 14, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I don't have a major problem with Prairiefest other than the fact that it has grown to be a regional event which is outside the scope of what our local park district should be doing. I'm not sure that PF actually breaks even. I don't they really take into account the use of the various hard assets that are used in support of the event. It's easy to calculate the employee salaries but there are a lot of hidden costs with respect to the use of the various park district buildings, vehicles, etc. Of course we'd know for sure if the PD had an accounting system that was understandable to the Board.
Tina Conley June 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM
It was a joke Richard. Seems anything to do with the Park District is jumped on by these 2. As you can see below, Mike jumps in and starts doggin it. Why not be thankful that the Park District offers an event that is fun and free and enjoyed by the whole community.


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