First responders, community member honored for saving the life of 2-year-old in Brown Deer
BROWN DEER, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Monday night, several members of the Brown Deer community were honored at a commendation ceremony, for their heroic actions in saving a 2-year-old boy from nearly drowning.
Isaac Velazquez was saved July 27 from a residential pool in Brown Deer.
Several members of the community came together that July afternoon, administering lifesaving efforts to keep Isaac alive until paramedics arrived on the scene.
In 911 audio obtained by CBS 58, step-by-step instructions are detailed by dispatchers, to help family and community members administer CPR to help Isaac regain his breath.
"Going to have you put the heel of your hand on the center of his chest right between his nipples, push down firmly, one half the depth of his chest. Do this 30 times quickly and count out loud as you're doing it."
That is the transcript of Nancy Schupp, from the Office of Emergency Management, and on Monday she stood next to Isaac, crediting her CPR training for this very moment.
"If you're confused or chaotic when you're doing it, you're not going to be any assistance to anyone else, and that’s where it comes with the training, the repetition of doing it, you hopefully will get better and more comfortable as you're doing it," said Schupp.
Nancy was joined by other heroes from that day who assisted in saving Isaac's life, receiving awards for their bravery. Among those was Isaac's neighbor, Alicia Hegedus.
Hegedus made the initial call to 911.
"At that time, I mean I guess I'm just thinking get there, get -- she needs help, get help, you know, what can I do to help," said Hegedus.
Hegedus said she didn’t know the Velazquez family before this incident.
The Brown Deer neighbor went on to say helping each other is what this community is about.
"Everybody come together, everybody helps when, you know, someone needs help, and you know, there's, there's no question. You hear what you hear and you jump and you help, that’s all there is," said Hegedus.
It's that help this mom is so happy to have.
"Without them, he wouldn’t even be here, so I really do appreciate everyone that helped out," said Sandra Velazquez, mother of Isaac.
Officials told CBS 58 the mother's CPR attempts were key in keeping Isaac alive, moments before the paramedics arrived on the scene.