May 6, 2008


(Weston, FL) – Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Lt. Todd Schreiber (right) carries a one-year-old boy from Cleveland Clinic Hospital’s Emergency Dept. to BSO’s Air Rescue helicopter Monday evening for transport to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The boy was pulled from a family pool at 16930 SW 5 St. in Weston just after 6:00 p.m. by a neighbor who heard the boy’s mother call for help. The neighbor, Suzanne Pulice, gave the child CPR and within two minutes, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue paramedics arrived and initiated aggressive resuscitative efforts. Due to the efforts of Pulice and the outstanding care administered by BSFR paramedics, the boy had a pulse restored and was trying to breathe on his own as he was being transported from the scene.

Initial information given to BSO deputies was that the boy and his seven-year-old sister were playing in the mother’s bedroom when the tot slipped outside undetected by the mother, who was in the dining room at the time. The seven-year-old found her brother at the bottom of the pool and alerted their mother, who called 9-1-1. Pulice heard the mother’s screams and jumped a seven-foot high wooden fence to reach the victim.

The family apparently had a pool fence that was not put back up after a weekend party. Since drowning is the leading cause of death in Broward County for children between the ages of one to four, The Broward Sheriff’s Office is unveiling its largest public safety initiative ever, on drowning prevention later this month before school lets out. Sheriff Al Lamberti said, “Drowning is often preventable, and regardless of the gates, fences and alarms, there is no substitute for constant supervision of children.” Sheriff Lamberti added, “All it takes is a split second for a child to wander or fall into the water.”

Photo by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

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