Police officer was performing CPR as paramedics arrived on scene

SOUTHBRIDGE — Despite the efforts of first responders, a four-year-old child drowned late Sunday afternoon.

According to the Southbridge Fire Department, it was just minutes after 4:00 p.m. when a report was received for a child at the bottom of a Sunny Hill Road swimming pool. Paramedics were on scene within four minutes, arriving to find a local police officer performing CPR on the young child.

Paramedics continued resuscitation efforts on scene as well as advanced level of care throughout transportation to Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, reported Southbridge Fire Chief Paul Normandin.

“The efforts of all of the first responders, to include our 911 dispatcher in the dispatch center, the police officers on scene and the paramedics provided the best possible chance of survival for this child, yet he has succumb to his injuries of drowning,” said Normandin in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this young boy.”

As part of its own statement, the Southbridge Police Department expressed the “deepest condolences” of its officers to the family.

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