Quick Actions Save Child From Drowning at Indoor Pool in Tomah

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It was the right place at the right time for some people in Tomah this past weekend.

Around 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Tomah Police got a call that a five-year-old boy was unresponsive after swimming at a local pool.

But before Tomah officers could even get into the squad cars a husband and wife, along with an off-duty La Crosse police officer, pulled the boy out of the water and started doing CPR.

And thanks to a training close by, the Tomah Fire Department was also able to respond almost immediately.

“Working with the citizens, having them recognize right away that something was wrong. Pulling the child form the pool, beginning CPR, even to the point of somebody making that initial 911 call to the Monroe County Communications Center. It all really set up a plan in place for a great, happy outcome,” said Tomah Police Department Chief Mark Nicholson.

The child was taken to the hospital but has since been released.

Police say the last update they received, the child was asking when he can swim again.

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