The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Community News Network

July 18, 2013

Landscaper saves toddler who fell into pool

WINDHAM, N.H. — A landscaper working to build a basketball court is credited with saving the life of a toddler who wasn’t breathing after falling into a swimming pool at a nearby home.

Matthew Pulomena, 24, was building a basketball court at a house on Sharon Road in Windham, N.H., when he heard a mother's cry for help next door. He said he saw the woman carrying the child on her shoulder, and he ran toward her, hopping a fence to reach them.

"There was no hesitation or any hiccups," Pulomena said. "I just took off and did my thing."

The 3-year-old boy wasn't breathing and had no pulse, Pulomena said. So he started CPR.

Moments passed, and then the boy coughed up water.

Windham firefighters arrived and took the child to Parkland Medical Center in Derry, N.H. He was later transferred to Elliot Hospital in Manchester, N.H.

A spokesman for Elliot Hospital said the child was being evaluated Wednesday afternoon.

Neighbors credited Pulomena with saving the child's life.

Bill Dufault was on the job with Pulomena, as foreman for Design Works, the company building the neighbor's basketball court.

"He’s the kind of guy who matters. He would give you the shirt off his back," Dufault said of Pulomena. "I was not surprised for a millisecond at how he reacted. He is one of the best."

Pulomena may get a chance to practice more rescues in the future; he said he hopes to become a firefighter some day.

Details for this story were provided by The Eagle Tribune in North Andover, Mass.

1
Text Only
Community News Network
Featured Ads
Promotions
Poll

What's been the primary cause of the Texas Rangers' poor first half of the 2014 baseball season?

Too many injuries
The loss of Nolan Ryan in the front office
Questionable decisions by general manager Jon Daniels
On-field decisions by manager Ron Washington
Key players just aren't producing
All of the above
     View Results
Facebook
Must Read
Photos


See more photos and purchase prints here.

AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide