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Fitchburg couple saves family from drowning in neighborhood pool


FITCHBURG (WKOW)--  A family in Fitchburg was saved from a near-drowning Thursday night. It happened at an outdoor pool at an apartment complex just off of High Ridge Trail.

For Ryan and Chanel Clark Thursday night is still kind of a blur. The couple heard screaming as they walled into the neighborhood pool. People were yelling about a father and his two young children in the water.

"I pulled a little girl out of the water and then I didn't even realize but her father was still in the deep end of the pool," Chanel Clark says.

Both of the kids were pulled out with little effort, but when Chanel dove back in to pull up the father she wasn't able to lift him. He had sunk to the bottom of the deep end.

"Another man from the complex had jumped the fence and ran in and dove into the pool. He pushed the guy out to the side and my husband and I pulled him out," Chanel says.

The couple says they have no clue who the mysterious hero was, neither do emergency responders.

"Strangely enough we don't have the name of the true hero here," Fitchburg Fire Chief Randall Pickering says.

After pulling the man out of the water the couple realized he wasn't breathing and had no pulse. They started performing CPR.

"I'm glad I have the training. I'm a pre-school teacher so it's required," Chanel says.

The training paid off. After a few minutes of CPR the man came back to life.

"At some point he spit out some water and started talking and was there again by the time the EMS was there," Chanel explains.

Emergency responders brought the family to a nearby hospital for observation. They were released a few hours later. Responders on scene were thankful for the couple's help in saving the man's life, but Ryan and Chanel really don't think they did anything special.

"We just did what we had to do. We would want people to do that if it was us drowning in the pool you know?" Ryan Clark says. "We wouldn't want people standing around waiting for 911. You help when people are dying."


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