A young boy is still alive thanks to the quick action of a Belmont teen who lifeguards at Watertown’s Oakley Country Club.
On June 11, John Stewart was just getting off his shift when he heard that a boy had stopped breathing while swimming in the shallow end of the pool. He gave emergency life-saving aid and after giving the 11-year-old boy, named Brian, two rounds of CPR the boy threw-up the water and he opened his eyes, according to a report by WHDH Channel 7.
Brian survived and remains in contact with Stewart.
On Thursday, Watertown Police Chief Michael honored 19-year-old Stewart for his heroics.
Stewart said he knew Brian, who comes to the pool regularly. He said that the rigorous training required to be a lifeguard at Oakley helped him in the moment of truth, according to the report by Wicked Local Watertown.
He was joined by his family at the ceremony at the Watertown Police Station.