MONROE – Five-year-old Aaron Tanczos slipped underwater and lost consciousness June 26 while swimming at the Monroe Aquatics and Fitness Center.
Lori McClellan, an alert fitness center member swimming nearby, pulled Aaron to the side of the pool. He had no heartbeat and was no longer breathing.
Lifeguards leaped into action, positioning him and calling for emergency assistance. Kersten Prince administered rescue breathing while member and former medic Heidi Jacobi began chest compressions. Jayce Briggs and Lucas Pascal assisted.
Aaron regained consciousness prior to EMS arriving.
Monroe City Council recognized lifeguards and members of the Monroe Aquatics and Fitness Center on July 16 for their actions in saving the life of a local child.
“This was a life-changing event not only for Aaron and his family, the Tanczoses, but also for all these folks involved,” Director Kathy Henderson said.
The family gave Aaron’s lifesavers tokens of gratitude, including some drawings he created.