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Nurses Honored for Saving 5 Year Old from Nearly Drowning

Thanks to two nurses and their quick actions a little boy is alive and well.

Today the New Berlin Police Department honored the two nurses who saved a 5 year old from drowning.

The department handed out more than a dozen awards Tuesday night May 23rd. Eleven of those awards went to officers, and of those 4 officers were given life saving awards.

The awards were handed out at the New Berlin Public Safety building where an new officer was sworn in and several Sergeants, a Captain and Deputy Chief were promoted within the force.

At the award ceremony, it was the first time Stacy Sparacino and Deb Miller had seen each other or seen little Leo Fuerbringer since they worked together to save his life. 

"All I wanted to do was to see him again so that's all the award I need," says Deb Miller.

"All I wanted to do was to see him again so that's all the award I need."


The two nurses were strangers when the incident happened. Both had gone to the Princeton Club outside of their normal routines with their families. However, they quickly bonded when Sparacino happened to jump in for a swim and saw little Leo Fuerbringer laying flat at the bottom of the pool.

"When i pulled his arm it was limp. I pulled him out of the water, he was blue, he wasn't breathing and he had no pulse," says Stacy Sparacino as she chokes up remembering that day at The Princeton Club pool. Sparacino says, everything that happened was "God's work". 

"You don't expect to come to the gym and have this happen you certainly don't expect to do mouth to mouth in a bathing suit," says Deb Miller.

Leo's mom Martha Fuerbringer says losing sight of him for just a second changed her family's life, "I signed them all up for swim classes. His life was literally in their hands," says Fuerbringer.

"I was calm and still alive here today," says Leo as he admires his own award just for pulling through.

Both nurses say after this they signed their entire family up for CPR classes. For more CPR Classes available in Wisconsin click links.

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