Boy, 3, rescued from pool reunited with firefighters who helped save his life

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ALIQUIPPA, Pa. - The 3-year-old boy who was rescued from a swimming pool last week in Aliquippa was reunited with the firefighters who helped save his life.

Officials said Bryce Nickols was visiting a family friend’s home with his mother on Aug. 21 when he wandered off and was found minutes later in the water. Investigators said Bryce was in the water 3-5 minutes before he was rescued.

Aliquippa Fire Captain J.T. Pennington said neighbors were doing their best to save Bryce when he and his crew arrived at the scene.

Pennington said Bryce wasn’t breathing and had no pulse when he took over.

“I told everyone to get out of the way and I started doing CPR on him. I was doing CPR for about 10 minutes,” Pennington said.

Pennington then picked up Bryce’s lifeless body and ran him to a waiting ambulance.

“As I was lifting him into the helicopter, I felt a pulse. We had to breathe for him for about 15 more minutes, but I knew he was going to be OK,” Pennington said.

Bryce and his mother made a surprise visit to the fire department this week -- their first stop after Bryce was released from the hospital.

Pennington said Bryce’s mother wanted to thank him.

“She shook my hand and thanked me. It was awesome,” Pennington said.

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