Your 6 year old son has just slipped under the water and inhaled. He has just drowned and will soon die. His brother’s pull him from the water, and the terrified screaming of helplessness and horror begins.

Those screams were heard by Army veteran Carlos Mullen, three floors up in a hotel. He and his fiancée, Christina Lamothe, were relaxing on the balcony of their hotel when they heard what he describes as a “…blood curdling scream. People were just screaming.” Naturally, Mullen looked around to find out what was going on. As he looked over the deck railing he saw a small child, on his back, on the pool deck surrounded by a group of people.

Without a word, and without hesitation, Mullen took off. He quickly headed down three flights and ran to the aid of the child. When he arrived, he said, ““I looked in this kid’s eyes, and I’ve seen shock on a man’s face before,” Mullen said.

“This kid had that look.” Mullen began life saving efforts, CPR, and was able to get the child’s heart beating and his lungs cleared of the water. The child has since recovered, having spent the night in a hospital, and is now home with his family.

Mullen passes the hero praise on to the boy’s brothers, as they were the ones who pulled him from the water.

He and Lamothe remind people to watch out for each other and to never be afraid to render aid; “If you see something going down, don’t be afraid to jump in and help.”

With respect to this situation, the hotel pool is not monitored by lifeguards, and signs are clearly posted advising to this effect.

It goes without saying that parents, siblings, friends, and anyone in attendance at a pool, lifeguard or not, must keep an eye out for situations such as this. Fortunately, the boy’s brothers were there, and between they and Mullen were able to bring the boy back from the brink of death.

Whether he is willing to accept the praise or not, Mullen is truly a hero, as are the boys siblings.



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