The call came in as a drowning, but when North Charleston firefighters arrived at a local pool last month they found the 3-year-old boy conscious and alert thanks to the quick reaction of the child's older sister and a bystander who knew CPR.
North Charleston Fire Chief Gregory Bulanow on Thursday will present 9-year-old Tianna Olivera and Michelle Becknell with the Chief's Citizen Award for saving the life of the child at the Oak Forest Village swimming pool on Aug. 1.
Bulanow will give the pair the award at 7 p.m. during the city council meeting.
Firefighters received a call at 1:35 p.m. stating that the boy had drowned at the pool. He was not breathing and did not have a pulse when his sister carried him out of the pool. Becknell performed CPR and he regained consciousness and began breathing on his own a minute later, according to a release issued by the city.
The boy was discharged from the Medical University Hospital days later and has fully recovered.