Buffalo Firefighter Tries to Save Teen Who Drowned

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 12:09 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 12:09 AM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A Buffalo firefighter sprang into action on what was supposed to be a relaxing and fun-filled vacation to Disney World.

Will Cybulski rushed to try to save a teenager, found at the bottom of a pool at Disney's Pop Century Resort.

Cybulski says his girlfriend, Crystal Loschiavo, "went to go check on the kids and he heard her scream -- and I knew something was wrong."

Loschiavo saw 13-year-old Anthony Johnson's lifeless body lying on the cement. Johnson's father and a doctor tried to save him.

Cybulski, a Buffalo firefighter, immediately tried to help.

Paramedic training prepared him. "You're sort of used to getting up and going when you're not ready to," Cybulski says. "You're used to chaotic scenes. You're used to something that normally doesn't happen all the time."

While the doctor and boy's father performed CPR, Cybulski started to get the boy's vital signs, drying him off and preparing Johnson for a defibrillator.

A firefighter from Texas jumped in and tried to help as well.

Loschiavo tried comforting Johnson's little brother.

"I was just telling him that they were going to do the best they can," Loschiavo says. "He kept asking me if he was dead and I said 'I don't know, I don't know -- just don't look that way."

Johnson did not survive.

Lifeguards had been on-duty until eight that evening.

However, at 9:30, even with signs warning that anyone in the pool were there at their own risk, dozens of children were swimming.

Cybulski and Loschiavo hope that anyone else would be able to jump into action.

"The parents probably turned their back, for what, five minutes," says Loschiavo. "He drowned and died. I recommend people knowing CPR."

"If you're there, help out as much as possible," Cybulski adds.

Anthony Johnson's family was visiting from Fordland, Missouri.

Disney has released a statement, saying "We are saddened by Anthony Johnson's passing and our hearts go out to his family, friends and loved ones. We have reached out to his family to offer care and assistance during this difficult time."