Holmes Beach resident Dr. Saul Ladd rescued a man from his pool July 14.
The incident occurred on a Thursday afternoon at Ladd’s residence in the 600 block of Foxworth Lane in Holmes Beach.
“I was about to go out to play golf,” Ladd said.
He looked out to his pool and saw a man, face down, floating. A leaf-blower pack was strapped on the man’s back.
Ladd said he asked his wife to call paramedics by dialing 911 and the doctor dove into the pool. When he reached the man, who had been assisting on a lawn care job, he found the man was not breathing.
“I got him to the shallow end,” Ladd said. “I don’t know how long he had been in the pool.”
Manatee County Emergency Medical Service paramedics arrived and worked to revive the man.
The EMS crew also showed concern for Ladd, whose pulse rate was low.
“I started to have a heart block,” the doctor said.
Both men, the 83-year-old rescuer and the rescued, were rushed to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.
Ladd said, “My cardiologist came to check me out. He said, you are going to need a pacemaker.”
But, said Ladd, he never hesitated to dive into his pool.
“I didn’t have to think about it,” he said. “I wasn’t put on Earth to watch somebody drown. I forgot that I was 83.”
The man, whose identity was not released in accordance with a health confidentiality law, was resuscitated and admitted to the intensive care unit at Blake, according to EMS chief Ron Koper.