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Fire company honored for saving child

March 27, 2009 3:51:55 PM PDT
The Red Cross today paid tribute to volunteers around the area who saved people's lives over the past year.The first time Bob DeVico, a volunteer firefighter from Montgomery County met 4-year-old Evan Lojewski, the boy was lying on the ground.

His body was blue and he wasn't breathing.

"We all jumped into action, following all the training that we've had; it was time to put it to practice," DeVico said.

It happened at a neighbor's pool in Upper Gwynedd.

Evan, then three, was going for a swim.

His mom was about to put swimmies on the toddler, turned around, and realized he had gone under.

Someone called 911, while the mom started CPR.

Dad got word on his cell phone.

"That set of circumstances, I definitely broke the hail Mary record on the way down, that's for sure," Steve Lojewski, Evan's father, said.

The American Red Cross honored four volunteers from the North Penn Fire Company, at its awards breakfast today.

The men showed up that day, saw that Evan was still unresponsive, continued CPR and finally, the boy woke up.

"You have to put all your emotions aside and keep yourself calm," John Washington of the North Penn Fire Company said.

Evan spent two and a half days at Children's Hospital was released, had a birthday in November, and today, he's just a regular 4-year-old.

"He's up and running and he's like nothing ever happened to him; it's a good heartwarming feeling," Christian Lawson of the North Penn Fire Company said.

Evan's dad says his son fully understands what happened, and even mentions it when they happen to pass the North Penn firehouse.

Evan hopes to become a first-responder when he grows up, but not the kind that rides in a fire truck, but the kind that drives a police car.

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