Summer is coming. Unfortunately, here we go again…….
A 4-year-old boy has died after being pulled from a Phoenix swimming pool Sunday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to the home near 39th and Dunlap avenues around 1 p.m.
Phoenix Fire Capt. Mark Vanacore said the boy was unconscious and unresponsive when firefighters arrived. It is unknown how long the boy was submerged.
He was transported to a hospital in extremely critical condition, and succumbed to his injuries.
Vanacore did not immediately know whether the pool has any barriers or who was home with the boy at the time.
Neighbors said the family had just moved in, and it appears babysitters were taking care of the boy Sunday.
"You could hear the kids and how everybody was having a happy, good time yesterday, like family getting together," a neighbor said.
"I don't really know them; they're new. When I looked out the window and saw all the fire trucks, I just kind of froze and flew out the door and realized it was a child that got away."
The Phoenix Fire Department is reminding parents to watch their kids around water no matter the time of year, learn CPR, enroll their children in swim lessons, and install barriers around swimming pools.
"These calls are particularly tough for us," Vanacore said. "A lot of us have children ... so to see them in distress is extremely stressful for us."
OK everyone. Time to step up our vigilance and powers of observation. Remember: Two seconds is too long.