Warwick junior firefighter saves life of drowning boy
Warwick junior firefighter Eaden Marti, 14, shakes hands with Chief Ron Gates at Warwick Town Hall Monday. Marti saved a 6-year-old boy from drowning in Bernardston earlier that afternoon. Recorder/David Rainville Purchase photo reprints »
BERNARDSTON — When a Warwick junior firefighter saw a boy drowning in a pool, his training kicked right in.
Eaden Marti, 14, was swimming at Meadow Edge Art Camp in Bernardston Monday afternoon, when he turned around and saw a 6-year-old boy at the bottom of the pool at the other end.
“The lifeguard got him out of the pool, and he wasn’t breathing and had no pulse,” Marti recalled.
Marti and the lifeguard gave the boy CPR in shifts for what Marti said seemed like forever, but was only about two minutes.
“All I could think was ‘I can’t let this kid die,” he said.
Marti learned the lifesaving procedure after he became a Warwick junior firefighter in January, and it stuck.
“I didn’t think — I just did it. I kept doing the compressions, and gave him a few breaths,” he said. “I think I did it right, because it worked.”
The child coughed, spat up some water, and began to breathe on his own again.
Fire Chief Ronald Gates said he’s proud of Marti.
“It’s always great to hear when one of our guys saves a life,” said Gates. “I’ve been on several calls where we didn’t have the right outcome.”
Marti’s actions also got him noticed by the Selectboard, and the members congratulated him at their Monday night meeting.
“We ought to have a lot more young people learn CPR,” said Chairman Nicholas Arguimbau.
Marti became a junior firefighter to follow the steps of his dad and older sister, both on the department. He said he plans to stay with the department, and may go on to join the U.S. Coast Guard.
“I’m not letting him go anywhere,” joked the chief.
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