Perkasie Pa. Ceremony: 3 lifeguards, off-duty officer and firefighter honored for Bucks County pool rescue

PERCASIA, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Three lifeguards, a police officer and a firefighter – both off-duty – were honored Monday night for saving a drowning victim at a Bucks County swimming pool.

It happened on July 3rd at the Menlo Aquatics Center in Perkasie.

According to officials, a patron was swimming in the competition pool and had a heart attack in the water.

Lifeguard and high schooler Brett Musselman recognized the emergency and entered the water to provide the rescue.

Musselman was presented with a plaque which read:

“Because of Brett’s quick recognition and clear whistles which initiated the EAP (emergency plan), the victim was pulled from the water, emergency services were called as nearby poolgoers were able to don an AED and initiate CPR.”

Another lifeguard, Menlo Aquatic Center assistant manager and sophomore Aidan McGinnis, was commended for retrieving the backboard needed to get the victim out of the water and assisting with CPR.

David Yu, a third lifeguard and seasonal manager at the center, also received an award for his help with the rescue, including his help with CPR.

Doylestown Township Police Officer Brian Maloney was off duty seeing and hearing the emergency.

Officer Maloney got into the water and assisted lifeguards in the rescue.

Off-duty Perkasie firefighter James Wielgus also took center stage. He also assisted with CPR and use of the AED.

Firefighter Wielgus’ son accepted the plaque with his father at the ceremony at Perkasie Borough Hall.

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