Young Navy Veteran Saves Toddler's Life Years After His Own Brother Drowned (VIDEO)

Shavaire Griggs
Shavaire Griggs
When I think of drownings, I typically think of a child sneaking out of the house and falling into a pool or other body of water when no one else is around. The fact, however, is that plenty of drownings happen when other people are right there, just like it almost happened for a 3-year-old boy in Texas last week.

He was swimming at his neighborhood pool on a hot Friday afternoon. While there was no lifeguard on duty, there were plenty of other adults there. Somehow, however, he fell below the water, and wasn't coming up. Thankfully, someone noticed his body at the bottom of the pool and pulled him out. Marion Brown was there and told KVUE he "was blue, and he had foam coming out of his nose and his mouth."

That's when Brown's 23-year-old son, Shavaire Griggs, jumped into action.


Griggs had just returned home after serving four years in the Navy, including a tour of Afghanistan, and had CPR training. That training saved the little boy's life. He told the station: "I just went for it. I was hoping for the best. That's all I can do."

For 10 minutes he and another woman performed CPR. Finally, it worked. According to the station, the boy's color returned and he started breathing; he's already said to have made a full recovery.

Eerily, Griggs' own brother had died from drowning at the age of 2, so I'm sure this event was particularly meaningful to him and his mother. That certainly had to be playing through his mind as he heroically attempted to save this child. Griggs however, denies that he's a hero:

I was prepared, but I think God was the one who brought him back. I don't feel like a hero. I just feel I was prepared for it.

Thank goodness he was.

Like all of the horrific drowning and near-drowning stories we hear this time of year, this provides a tragic but important reminder that we can never be too vigilant when it comes to kids and water, even when we're right there. We get busy talking, or distracted by something we think will take "just a sec," but the fact is it only takes seconds for a child to drown. Fortunately, this incident had a happy ending thanks to Griggs and his Navy training, but too often they don't.

Has you ever witnessed a child come close to drowning?


Image via KVUE

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