LOCAL NEWS

Community Recognizes Lifeguard For Rescuing 5-Year-Old Boy

Jul 18, 2020, 9:43 PM | Updated: 9:44 pm

VEYO, Utah — A 5-year-old boy is alive thanks to a quick-thinking lifeguard in Southern Utah, and the community is repaying him for his heroic efforts. 

A day filled with summer fun quickly took a frightening turn for a family swimming at the Veyo Pool and Resort.

“I heard some commotion, then I heard a mom scream,” said lifeguard TJ Packer. 

That’s when TJ said he could see a boy at the bottom of the pool. 

He wasted no time.

“I jumped in, we got him out of the water, and he was completely blue and lifeless,” TJ said. 

He pulled the boy to the surface, but he wasn’t breathing.

In his career of being a lifeguard, TJ said he had never faced a situation this extreme, but his years of training kicked in. He immediately started chest compressions, and after nearly two minutes underwater, the boy responded. 

“Water just came flying from his mouth, his eyes opened, and he started to cry,” he said. 

The little boy was alive, saved by TJ’s heroic actions.

“That boy and his family will always have you in their prayers,” said a woman with the Dammeron Valley Fire Department.

The 5-year-old’s family weren’t the only ones thankful for his courage. The Dammeron Valley Fire Department had a special thank you in mind, presenting Packer with the Life Saver Award.

For TJ, it’s not just about the award. The experience serves as a reminder just how quickly things can change, and how important it is to be prepared.  

“It was a very scary, kind of surreal experience,” TJ said. “We’re just happy that he’s alive, that he’s doing well, and I’m grateful to be part of that.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

FILE PHOTO (KSL TV)...
Larry D. Curtis

Utah motorcyclist killed after failing to navigate curve on state route

A man was killed Saturday when the motorcycle he was driving failed to make it through a curve, throwing him from his vehicle.
19 hours ago
Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

‘You could hear it just crackling’: Residents are thankful for firefighters quick response

"You know how you hear it, crackling like a little campfire? You could hear it just crackling,” Centerville residents are thankful for the quick response from first responders to the Deuel Creek Fire.
19 hours ago
...
Ladd Egan

Food pantries: Inflation pushing Utah family budgets to the breaking point

This summer is proving to be extra difficult for Utah families because of record high gas prices and 40-year high inflation, according to those who provide food assistance.
19 hours ago
FILE: A Utah Highway Patrol vehicle in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Dese...
Michael Houck

Motorcyclist dies after driving off the road in central Utah

A motorcyclist dies after driving off Interstate-70 and rolling into a median Saturday morning.
19 hours ago
FILE (Utah Highway Patrol)...
Madison Swenson

Motorcyclist dies after crashing into concrete barrier, getting hit by three cars

A 31-year-old man died early Tuesday morning after he crashed while on his motorcycle, then was struck by three vehicles in Davis County.
19 hours ago
(Utah Highway Patrol)...
Eliza Pace

Man killed after ejected from his vehicle Saturday

A man was killed after the car he was driving left the road and he was ejected Saturday.
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...
1-800-GOT-JUNK?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Community Recognizes Lifeguard For Rescuing 5-Year-Old Boy