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.

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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.

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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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  • by Blame God Location: Tallahassee on Jun 3, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    My, my...there seems to be alot of blame going on here...how about "Let's Blame God"...yeah, lets blame him for deciding that this little boy should stay here on earth with his mother and the rest of us...let's blame him for letting people who where there have very different views on what they saw...and let's blame HIM for putting 3 people there that HE (or SHE if you choose) could work his "wonders" thru....yeah, that's what I'm going to take out of this story...I'm gonna Blame God for this one :-)
  • by Sweetness30 Location: florida on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:52 PM
    First of all to the mother of two, who are you to say that the mother was to far away, aparently your eyes wasnt as good as you thought, because I was there as well and I saw that the mother was very close to the lake. I feel bad for all of you perfect parents out there that's pointing the fingers because God is so amazing that he would allow your perfection of parenting to become so imperfect until your siting where the mother of this Miracle child is and I wonder if your response will be the same. Watch what you say God has no respect of person!
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      by concerned on Jun 2, 2011 at 05:48 AM in reply to Sweetness30
      I agree and some people have there facts confused on this story!! I was up the beach and watched how it went down a woman (the mom) came running from about 20 feet away another lady was running behind her they were screaming and she grabbed her baby and went to screaming. It was a little confusing at first cause I was sitting with my family watching our kids play and I never seen a boy go under. like I said before there was sooo many people there the boy was like a needle in a hay stack. Nobody carried the boy to her and no strangers pulled him from the lake!! Thank god they were there to give cpr!! This is my last comment cause Im just thankful that he is alive and well and at home with his family but It does bother me since I am a mother of three and I couldnt imagine what she was going through! I watched them rip her away from him while she was kicking and screaming and my heart just broke for her!! Maby all the PERFECT parents should take a mental note of that if they are ever in that situation!! It only takes a second and he was only in a foot of water!! God bless!!
  • by Concerned Location: Florida on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:29 PM
    This is prime example for non-believers who question the very existence of GOD and say that the Big Bang Theory created the Heaven, Earth, and Solar System! A stranger saved that child's life and walked away without leaving his name! That's sounds like a Angel like me! God Bless! For you creationists, Man Bless!
  • by Jessica on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:12 PM
    While I can't say that I have never left my 4 1/2 year old daughter out of my sight. I can definitely say that she would never be by water without adult supervision. Based on the article, it seems this boy was completely alone and people were asking who he belonged to. I don't feel that should ever happen.
  • by Outraged Father Location: Tally on Jun 1, 2011 at 07:57 PM
    WOW!! So many perfect parents on here. I bet neither of you "Perfectors" were at the lake. However, I was. This was definitely an accident. No neglect, no child endangerment etc. The mother was within close proximity of the child but did not succeed with multi-tasking. I am a father of 4 and I am the biggest child advocate around. This was just a potential tradegy that turned out to be a blessing. People have the tendancy to exaggerate and bring negative attention when they are NOT present at an event. If you were not there, DONT PASS JUDGEMENT! You never know when it's YOUR turn. Thank GOD the baby is ok. I sympathize with the mother. Nothing worse than experiencing a potential tragedy of this magnitude knowing you did NOTHING wrong. To the mother:Keep your head up. You have a miracle to share with the world.
  • by Bee Location: Tallahassee on Jun 1, 2011 at 05:57 PM
    Stop and think people. Accidents do happen to the best of us (even you never do wrongers). It was by the grace of God that the child was rescued by an unknown young boy (who could have been an angel unawares). Thank God for the husband and wife for giving him CPR. As for the mother, I know two year old children can be quick as lightning and can disappear in a heartbeat.. So if and when we take children to a place where there is water to get into, please have a flotation device on them. Let's just thank for a life saved!!!!!
  • by MomOfFour Location: Tally on Jun 1, 2011 at 04:38 PM
    To the three heroes who selflessly gave of themselves to save this child's life: God bless you! To the boy's mother: it only takes a second for a fatal accident to happen. I know because I have been there. Let this be a reminder to ALL of us with small children: watch without ceasing: YOUR child needs YOU to be the RESPONSIBLE parent! It's always nice to enjoy adult company, but don't forget that you have someone else depending on you!
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      by OneMoreThing on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM in reply to MomOfFour
      I agree, it only takes a few seconds. Knowing this child was only 2, he should have had some sort of floatation devise on. To all you so called "Perfect Parents" and those not so perfect parents, take time to make sure your child is safe. Most of you are in such a hurry to get out and have fun that you forget about safety. And SAFETY should be your number one concern.
  • by mama on Jun 1, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    To anonymous and Cassandra, while I am sure you are both PERFECT parents, I myself, (mother of 5 healthy children) am not and I sympathize with the mother, as everyone knows, children can and will dart off and a tragedy can happen in a matter of seconds. Obviously, since the child is alive, he was not in the water very long. BE CAREFUL PASSING JUDGEMENT PERFECT PEOPLE !!
  • by anon Location: TLH on Jun 1, 2011 at 02:52 PM
    One of the hero's has been my hero numerous times at his place of employment. He is a kind & upstanding person. He also served our country & is a veteran. Good going Robert - proud to know you.
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      by Ole Hickory Marietta, Ga. on Jun 2, 2011 at 09:17 AM in reply to anon
      This is for "Anon". I am pleased to know someone whom knows one, or all of these heroes! Thankyou for your blog. Pass-it-on! A child was saved by this man Robert!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    I'm right there with you Cassandra. I have a 4 1/2 yr old and he is never out of my sight, ESPICALLY near a body of water! I can't imagine any mother that would be so careless. I hope she is charged with child endangerment, maybe this will ensure her and other careless mother's watch their children (in her case...her baby) more closely!! :(
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