Off-duty nurses save boy from drowning at water park - WNEM TV 5

Off-duty nurses save boy from drowning at water park

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Two Mid-Michigan men are being called heroes after what started out as a fun trip to a local water park turned tragic.

"I noticed a dad walking behind me saying to the daughter who was swimming in front of me, 'Have you seen your brother? Have you seen your brother?' The lifeguard says 'Are you looking for somebody?' He says, 'Yeah, I can't find me son,'" Corey Kalo said.

His son, 4-year-old Devon Christian, was separated from them and eventually pulled from the water by lifeguards. He wasn't breathing.

"I felt for a pulse. There wasn't a pulse. So I started CPR. Brandon took over the airway," Kalo said.

Kalo and his friend Brandon Ostahowski were at the water park with their families. Both also happen to be registered nurses. Their quick action soon helped breath life back into Devon.

Arteshia Christian, Devon's mom, recounted the moments when she said she felt the world come crashing down.

"What was going through my mind I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. I felt like we were destroyed because my son, his fifth birthday is coming up. He's gonna be starting kindergarten and I felt like all that was gonna be taken away from us and it was the worst feeling in the world," she said.

Kalo said they just happened to be in the right place at the right time. They give all the credit for saving Devon's life to their CPR training, training they feel everyone should have.

"I think that's important to get more public to know more BLS and CPR training. So people are able to respond when someone who doesn't do this for a living isn't available," Kalo said.

Arteshia Christian said she believes Kalo and Ostahowski are angels and without them she would be planning her son's funeral. Instead, they are planning a birthday party.

"I just thank God for them because it keeps replaying in my mind if they weren't there. They saved my baby's life. They saved my family. My family would've been destroyed," she said.

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