A bystander who rescued an unresponsive boy who nearly drowned in a pool and successfully revived him in Buffalo Grove has been recognized by the fire chief.
The Buffalo Grove Fire Department and Buffalo Grove Police Department responded around 6:15 p.m. on July 15 to the 1200 block of Johnson Drive.
Buffalo Grove Fire Chief Mike Baker said that Buffalo Grove resident Matthew Pangborn was relaxing in a pool at the apartment complex after teaching tennis lessons for several hours.
Pangborn noticed a child in distress in the water.
The man rescued the 9-year-old boy, who was unconscious and not breathing, from the water, Baker said.
Pangborn began performing CPR on the boy at the direction of 911 dispatchers before paramedics arrived.
Paramedics arrived to find the boy was alert and breathing.
The boy remained alert during transport to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he received continued post-cardiac arrest care.
He was later transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
The boy was discharged home a few days later after a complete recovery, Baker said.
Pangborn was recognized by the fire chief during a village board meeting Monday.
Pangborn received a certificate for his actions and Baker also recognized firefighter-paramedics Kyle Dalton, Brian Chrencik, Frank Doll and Gary Steadman, as well as Lieutenant Robert Beckman and Battalion Chief Robert Herrmann.
The Buffalo Grove Fire Department said they host classes on the third Thursday of every month for those interested in being certified in CPR.