Strangers Pull Two Year Old from Silver Lake UPDATE

UPDATED June 1, 2011 11:30am by Julie Montanaro

Demari Kendrick has been released from the hospital and is now home.

UPDATE May 31, 2011 11:05pm by Amy Long

A mother says she is forever grateful for the quick actions of a Tallahassee man and a young hero who walked off into the sunset.

"I don't even think we had time to think. We just reacted." said Robert Crawford. He and his wife, Kristin Parker were cooling off on Memorial day with their family at Silver Lake in Tallahassee. Before they knew it, they were resuscitating a two year old boy.

"I saw my wife standing there with this young child in her hands and I could not bear the thought of her having memories of something like this." said Crawford.

A 9-year-old boy pulled 2-year-old Demari Kendrick from the water and handed him to Parker.

"He said 'he's not breathing, I think he's dead. Krissy goes up the shore hollering 'Who's baby is this? Who's baby is this?" said Jalen Randuolph, Crawford's 10-year-old cousin.

Demari was unconscious and not breathing. Crawford's cousin says a huge crowd gathered on the shoreline as Crawford and his wife administered CPR. Three breaths and 15 chest compressions.

"And I had yelled out 'his eyes are open'." said Randuolph.

As for the young hero who emerged from the water with Demari, Randuolph says he was about his height and his age.

No one knows his identity, only that he saved a life.

The toddler is still hospitalized, but his mother says it is "nothing short of a miracle" that he survived.

Crawford is a veterinary nurse practitioner and says he has never done CPR on a human being before. He said he administers CPR frequently to cats, dogs and horses, but this was his first two-legged patient.

May 31, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

A two year old is still hospitalized after a near drowning at Silver Lake in Leon County Monday. Two strangers performed CPR and revived the child before paramedics arrived.

"It's nothing short of a miracle. I am forever grateful," said his mother Mary Ann Kendrick.

Kendrick says today the boy is responsive and she is awaiting the latest round of xrays to be sure there is no more water in his lungs. She says there do not appear to be any signs of brain damage and they are hoping to be released from the hospital by tomorrow.

Robert Crawford and Kristin Parker were swimming with their children when Crawford said a 9 year old boy pulled little Demari Kendrick from the water. He was unconscious and not breathing.

Crawford and Parker administered CPR by doing chest compressions (15 of them) and then on the third breath, Crawford said, the little boy's eyes opened.

Crawford is a veterinary nurse practitioner and says he has never done CPR on a human being before, but administers CPR frequently to cats, dogs and horses.

"He has a special reason to celebrate Memorial Day for the rest of his life," Crawford said, "and I hope it's a reminder to all parents just how dangerous the water can be."

"There was another boy who was the real hero," Kristin Parker said, "and that was the little boy who pulled him from the lake. Had it not been for him, things might not have turned out so well," Parker said.

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