Nurse helps rescue boy at YMCA pool

July 7, 2011 3:17:30 PM PDT
Pamela Glennon's colleagues at NYU Medical Center were full of praise for the 27-year-old nurse.

"She did something special,"

Glennon was swimming at the Staten Island YMCA last night when she saw lifeguards pulling a lifeless 11-year-old boy from t he pool.

"I first saw him; he was completely blue and white. White face, blue lips completely unresponsive," Glennon said.

She says her nursing instincts kicked in and she immediately ran to help.

"I was giving him breaths through the mask and the lifeguards were doing compressions and he eventually coughed. I just know it was scary for everyone working that's all I know," Glennon said.

Glennon says the boy was eventually able to squeeze her hand, but she humbly says she can't take all the credit.

"I don't think I did anything that any other person would have done just happened to be the person there that day," Glennon said.

Still, the YMCA of Greater New York is applauding Glennon and its lifeguards for their rescue efforts.

In a statement it says, "Wednesday night's incident embodies some of the YMCA's deepest core values regarding personal responsibility and the importance of being part of the community."

"If there are no lifeguards they close the pool and really take care of their members. They are trained, and not just kids out of school which is great," said a patron.