A Fort Bliss soldier is being hailed as a hero by her fellow soldiers and a family who is forever grateful for the U.S. Army soldier's instincts, quick thinking and training. The Fort Bliss soldier from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division is not being hailed as a hero for her role in combat. Instead, she is being called a hero for saving the life of a child - and possibly two children - from drowning in a neighbor's swimming pool.
Each week, we share a Heroes in Action blog post. That blog post is packed full military videos showing what it is like to be a military service member, veteran or military family. We enjoy posting those videos of our brave heroes in action.
Today we are happy we can share the story of Sgt. 1st Class Lynnette Hobson-Shearwood. The Fort Bliss Army Soldier is a true hero whose actions saved a one-year-old child from drowning.
Below is an exerpt from an interview Shearwood did with a local news channel out of El Paso, Texas.
“For the past couple of weeks we have been working late, so the time I got home wasn’t normal. So I got home, just drove straight into my garage and instead of taking my bags out of the car I just walked straight through my house, turned on my hose and started wetting my plants,” Shearwood said.
While watering her plants, she heard some sobbing coming from her neighbor's backyard.
“I looked up and I didn’t see any adults around so I looked over the fence and that’s when I saw the little boy in pampers and he was pulling at something in the pool,” Shearwood said.
“I called out a few times and nobody answered and that's when I jumped over the wall,” Shearwood said. When she went to the pool, she saw that the child was actually two-year-old Wesley Deucher pulling on the foot of his younger cousin, Troy, who was unconscious and in the water.
She immediately pulled Troy out and began administering CPR.
“After a while the water started coming out through his mouth and he started gasping for breath and then I turned him on his side in the recovery position, you know, so that in case any more water came out it will just run out,” Shearwood said.
Watch the CBS4 news story here.
After reviving the child, the Fort Bliss soldier knocked on the door and found a person inside she believed to be a grandmother. 911 was called and emergency crews soon arrived on the scene.
Since the incident, family members have come by to thank Shearwood. They have also told her that the child is doing fine.
Now, the Alpha Company command team is working on the paperwork for Sgt. 1st Class Lynnette Hobson-Shearwood to possibly get the Soldier's Medal - the highest honor a soldier can get for an act of valor in a noncombat situation.
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