Last night at about 6:37pm, all on-duty Fairfield officers responded to the hotel's pool area on reports of a boy who had been underwater in the pool. They were soon met by members of the West Essex First Aid Squad.
"When the officers arrived, the boy was out of the water and CPR had been undertaken," Manna explained.
"The officers observed that the victim had a pulse
and was breathing on his own.
They administered oxygen and monitored his condition
until he was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center
by the West Essex First Aid Squad."
At that same time, Tajada-Perez was checking in at the front desk and without hesitation immediately responded to the pool area.
"Tajada-Perez, who himself does not know how to swim,
then jumped into the pool, and after a few attempts,
was able to go under water and
remove the child from the pool," Manna detailed.
"Anyone who has a fear of water and
is not comfortable swimming
can truly appreciate the bravery
displayed by this hero guest,
who conquered his own fears
to save the young life of another.
All of us at the police department
are extremely proud of him," Manna expressed.