Lifeguard and Officer Save Child in City Pool

July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) There is no doubt that with the recent heat wave we've been having in Western New York, that public pools are very popular places, but just a few days ago, tragedy was averted at the Kensington Pool, with the quick thinking, courage, and bravery of two local individuals.

Tuesday afternoon, lifeguard Kayla Witherspoon and police officer Pamela Westbrook were doing their regular jobs, supervising at the Kensington Pool, when a young boy ran out of the locker room and jumped into the 5 foot end of the pool. The problem is, the boy couldn't swim.

"I just noticed the seven year old, his arms flailing," Officer Westbrook said.

"Every second counts, and the only thing I could think of is we have to save him," Kayla Witherspoon added.

So the officer and the lifeguard both jumped into the pool and pulled the boy to safety.

"We focus on safety, we focus on training. Their training kicked in, they demonstrated what they had been trained to do, and they were able to save this seven year old," Mayor Byron Brown said.

Mayor Byron Brown thanked both of the rescuers on Thursday, handing out certificates of recognition, and emphasizing that Buffalo City Pools are safe places to be.

"To know that we have police officers like this and we have lifeguards like Kayla, making sure that children and families can have a fun and safe experience at the city of Buffalo pools," the Mayor added.

But despite their courageous act, when asked if they consider themselves heroes, both Officer Westbrook and lifeguard Witherspoon both responded the same way, "just doing my job."