Lifeguard saves 9-year-old girl’s life at Piedmont Triad pool

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NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. -- On Tuesday, a 9-year-old girl's life was saved by a 18-year-old lifeguard at a North Wilkesboro pool.

Shortly after Smoot Park Pool opened, around 10 a.m., the child entered the water.

For minutes, surveillance video showed the girl seemingly playing in about 3.5 feet of water. Suddenly, the 9-year-old stopped moving and remained face-down in the water.

A few seconds passed before Hunter Church, head lifeguard at the pool, noticed the girl. Church entered the water and found that the child was unconscious and had no pulse.

Church pulled the girl out of the water and administered CPR, reviving the child before EMS arrived at the scene.

The 9-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital, where she remained overnight, before park officials say she was released today.

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