Camp Lion Knoll makes counselors available day after near-drowning

Staff Writer
Published: 6/25/2019 8:32:57 PM

LEYDEN — Counselors with Clinical & Support Options were made available at Camp Lion Knoll the day after a 5-year-old boy nearly drowned.

Nadine Benzaia, executive director at The Girls Club of Greenfield, which offers the camp, said campers and staff members had a meeting Tuesday morning to share their feelings and talk about what happened.

“We kept it very general, child-friendly,” she said, adding that there was a wide range of emotions and questions from campers.

Benzaia did not have an update on the boy, who was transported via ambulance to Baystate Franklin Medical Center and then airlifted to another hospital.

The child, who has not been identified, was pulled from a pool shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday by Tina Riddell, a Leyden police sergeant working as a lifeguard at the camp, who immediately began administering CPR, according to Leyden Police Chief Dan Galvis. He said the child became responsive and his vitals improved on the way to Baystate Franklin, where his parents met him.

Reach Domenic Poli at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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