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Upstate mother grateful after cousin, fire chief revive 2-year-old from near drowning at pool

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A two-year-old is alive after a near drowning at an Upstate swimming pool. And it's thanks in large part to an area fire chief, who was the first to arrive on the scene.

The emergency unfolded at the Hartwell Villas pool Tuesday around 5 p.m.  But luckily, that was the same time a hero happened to be nearby and heard the call for help.

Randy Bratcher is the Chief at Anderson City Fire Department as well as Williford Volunteer Fire and Rescue, which serves the Lake Hartwell area.

Bratcher, also a trained EMT, was heading home when he heard the call come across, asking for assistance at a possible drowning at Hartwell Villas.  He thought he'd be arriving to a busy emergency scene, but when he pulled up, the parking lot was empty and all he saw was two frightened young women holding their two-year-old cousin, who the chief described as lifeless.

"At the time you pull up and no one else is on scene ,you go back to your training and what you've been trained to do over the years. Basic skills save a lot of lives." 

Chief Bratcher said he regrouped in his mind and focused on doing everything he could to save the little boy, Kyler.

"I put him on the blanket on the ground, put him in the recovery position, got his lungs cleared, water out of his lungs and started listening for breath sounds and checking for pulse. As time went on, his color started coming back, he became responsive and at that point I got a cry out of him, and that was a blessing, anytime you know, a child is crying they are pretty much out of distress."

The little boy has not been identified but the Chief tells us he’s at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Chief Bratcher says the last time he saw him in the ambulance at the pool, the toddler was alert and seemed to be doing okay

The Chief says he doesn’t consider himself a hero. "It's what we train to do. I was in right place at the right time and God gave me the talent to save that child."

Kyler's mother, Misty Grogan, sad the accident made her realize just how important CPR training is.

FOX Carolina's Madison Styles spoke to Grogan Wednesday night. Kyler was home from the hospital and full of energy. His mother said the previous day had been much different.

 "It took 12 minutes for them to get his heart rate back up and his oxygen back up," Grogan said.

She said Kyler coughed up three cups of water and credits both the fire chief and the boy's cousin for saving his life.

Grogan said the cousin, Mariah, is CPR certified and began trying to revive the child before the fire chief arrived on scene.

"If it weren't for Mariah being there and being CPR certified there's no way that my son would be here today. She saved his life. And that's not an easy way to put it she really saved his life."

Grogan said Kyler is back to his old self and has already asked to go swimming again.

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