High school lifeguard saves drowning teen at Brooklyn school

Originally posted by the NY Post

By Tina MooreLarry Celona and Selim Algar

March 11, 2019 | 9:36pm

A Brooklyn high school lifeguard saved a drowning student on Monday — performing CPR and, with the help of an on-campus doctor, zapping him back to life with two shots from a defibrillator, sources said.

The 15-year-old was in the pool during a swim class at the Franklin K. Lane Campus on Jamaica Avenue when he went under around 3 p.m., the sources said.

The lifeguard sprang to action, pulling the teen from the water and bringing him back to life before EMTs arrived and rushed the boy to Jamaica Hospital.

A doctor who works at the school-based health center assisted in the rescue, which was after classes let out for the day.

“We were outside and all of the sudden a bunch of police cars and ambulances came,” said Julia Jahlyia, a 15-year-old freshman at Urban Assembly High School, one of at least six schools to share the Franklin K. Lane campus.

“They went in and brought the body out on a stretcher,” DOE officials said.

The boy’s swim class was being led by Cypress Hill Local Development Corporation, a community organization. The city will conduct a full investigation to see what happened.

“Safety always comes first, and a lifeguard immediately dove into the pool,” said DOE spokesperson Miranda Barbot. “The student is in stable condition, and we will provide additional counseling support to the school community.”

Additional reporting by Chris Perez and Kenneth Garger