EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 3, 2013

Windham boy rescued from pool is OK

By John Toole
jtoole@eagletribune.com

---- — WINDHAM — A 4-year-old boy rescued from a backyard pool more than two weeks ago is home and OK.

Fire Chief Tom McPherson issued the update yesterday, after Connar St. Laurent visited the fire station to meet first responders and the man who helped revive him.

“He was released from the Elliot Hospital in Manchester about a week and a half ago,” McPherson said in a statement. “He is doing remarkably well.”

McPherson said Connar’s mother, Rachel, thanked Matthew Pulomena, 24, of Nashua, who helped start CPR.

The chief said Pulomena’s efforts ultimately saved the child’s life.

Pulomena was working next door July 17 with a crew from Design Works of Hudson, building a basketball court.

“I heard the mom yelling for help,” he said at the time. “I took off running and jumped the fence.”

Pulomena had learned how through the Belmont Fire Department.

He said the boy wasn’t breathing so he started CPR.

“He’s the kind of guy who matters,” Design Works foreman Bill Dufault said at the time. “I was not surprised for a millisecond at how he reacted. He is one of the best.”

McPherson said earlier this month the incident was ruled accidental.

Connar yesterday was given a tour of the station, some gifts and a ride on a fire truck, the chief said.

His family asked McPherson to release the information about Connar’s condition and the reunion, but requested no pictures be provided.