BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. – What started off as a normal day by the pool Tuesday quickly took a turn for the worse.
Seventeen-year-old Trevor Robertson and 14-year-old Cory Jaskolski noticed a man’s body at the bottom of their neighborhood pool in Browns Summit around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Jaskolski dove in first to see if the victim was alive.
“Right when I poked him I was so scared,” Jaskolski said. “I couldn’t get him to move. He was too heavy for me.”
Robertson jumped in next.
“I took my arm and wrapped it under his waist and threw him over my shoulder as he held his arm to help pull him up,” Robertson said.
Once they got the victim out, Robertson performed CPR — something he was trained and certified for last year.
“He was coughing and the water was coming out,” Roberston said. “I rolled him to his side so he wouldn’t choke.”
Another friend called 911.
“Right when the paramedics arrived is when I got him breathing again,” Robertson said.
Paramedics said the victim, 51-year-old Oliver Morris, had a seizure while swimming.
“We were so scared because his eyes were rolling in the back of his head,” Jaskolski said. “We thought we lost him.”
The teens say adults were around but took off once they pulled the victim out.
“Everyone left,” Roberston said. “It was just me and Cory there.”
The boys even stopped by the hospital later that night to check on Morris.
“He told us thank you,” Roberston said. “He called us his heroes.”
Shannon Jaskloski is Cory’s mom and Trevor’s guardian.
She says she broke down when she found out what happened.
“There are no other words to describe the pride I feel right now,” she said.
Robertson and Jaskolski say they’re still in shock but are glad they jumped in when they did.
“What would have happened if we left,” Roberston said.