Quick-thinking couple, off-duty officer credited with saving drowning child in Tomah

A quick-thinking husband and wife, along with an off-duty police officer, are being credited with saving a drowning child. Tomah authorities said the stars aligned.

The incident happened at 3:23 p.m. at an indoor pool. The Tomah Area Ambulance Service and the Tomah Police Department were dispatched to the scene for a child who was found unresponsive.

According to the Tomah Police Department, a couple saw the child and removed him from the water.

The unidentified woman and the off-duty La Crosse Police Department officer began lifesaving measures. They were able to revive the child. The unidentified man ensured 911 was called.

The Tomah Fire Department was conducting training in the immediate area and was able to arrive on the scene shortly after.

The Tomah Area Ambulance Service arrived and transported the child to the Tomah Memorial Hospital emergency room where a team was waiting. The child was then transported by GundersenAIR as a precautionary measure. He is expected to be OK.

The Tomah Police Department said in a statement: “This incredible team effort will allow the little boy the opportunity [to] be playing in a couple [of] days. Who doesn’t love a story with a happy ending?!”

The department commended the immediate actions of all involved in responding to the incident.

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