Scottsdale Saguaro High assistant football coach Dustin King heard a scream, ran to the pool, and, with about 20 people around him not knowing what to do, he put his CPR skills to work.
King worked on a 6-year-old boy’s chest and gave mouth-to-mouth to resuscitate him in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday at his fiancée’s Gilbert apartment complex.
King didn’t want to do any television interviews, but agreed to talk about his heroics, although he won’t call himself a hero.
“I hate talking about it,” said King, who has been the state championship Sabercats’ offensive line coach the past two seasons. “To do that, I wasn’t hesitant. I don’t think I did anything out of the ordinary.
“I was just helping out.”
King said he and his fiancée were barbecuing at around 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon when they heard a scream coming from the apartment pool. They weren’t able to see the pool from where they were grilling.
The boy was pulled out of the pool by his 13-year-old cousin. The boy’s mother was holding him and didn’t know what to do. King immediately began performing CPR. The boy, he said, vomited water and began breathing.
“He was blue,” King said about the boy.
All high school coaches are required to take a CPR course. King last took one in 2004.
“It was crazy how all of that came back to me,” King said. “Parents need to know this stuff.
“There were 20 people standing around, and nobody knew what to do.”
King said the Gilbert Fire Department arrived and the 6-year-old was stabilized.
Afterward, when it was clear the boy was going to recover, King said he and his fiancée sobbed.
His fiancée has a 6-year-old son.
“The first thing we thought when she heard the scream was that it was him,” King said. “You think about how it could have been your son. I started bursting out in tears.”