Ceremony honors lifeguards who rescued a Casselton boy from drowningCasselton, ND (WDAY TV) – It was a day of celebration today after a near drowning at a Casselton pool that could have ended much worse. The ceremony honored some young heroes.
The last couple of days have been an emotional roller coaster for the family of 5-year-old Ben Metzger, the boy who nearly drowned Wednesday.
"One of the scariest days of our lives, the scariest day of my life and it's, I mean, we're still very shaken up."
Ben was swimming at the pool Wednesday with his brother and a babysitter when on-duty lifeguards noticed him floating in the deep end unresponsive. They shouted for someone to call 9-1-1 and jumped in to rescue him.
It was thanks to that quick thinking that the lifeguards of Casselton pool were honored by the Red Cross and given medallions and pins to commemorate their bravery in the face of a very scary situation. The lifeguards say all the C-P-R training in the world doesn't compare to the real deal.
“You work on the dummies and then when you're actually doing it in the moment, it's crazy different.”
“I'd never seen a little 5-year-old boy, especially one from my swimming lessons, just blue-faced and foaming.
Today, the family had a chance to thank the young ladies who worked together to give Ben a fighting chance.
“We are thrilled to be here and to honor them and to thank them because they did a really great thing.”
Ben's rescuers say that very scary day has a bright side.
“Knowing that we could do it, I think it makes us feel better about our job.”
And that the only reward they needed was seeing Ben alive and well today.
“I'm so glad.”
Ben would have finished up his level one swimming lessons today. His mom says they will enroll him in more lessons next year to get him back in the water so he won't have a fear of swimming.