BAZETTA - An 11-year old boy's unconscious body was pulled from Mosquito Creek Reservoir's spillway Wednesday by two men who saw rushing water pull him beneath the surface after he attempted to walk across its upper ledge.
The boy walked next to the fence on one of the walls on the edge of the spillway to get onto the upper portion of the ledge, so he could cross the rushing water as it spilled over.
"I saw him walking next to the fence and tried to tell him how dangerous it is," Thomas Streets Jr., 29, of Warren, said. "He kept telling me that he does it all of the time."
Streets said that after it was clear his advice was being ignored, he walked toward his car to leave.
"I heard someone screaming, turned around and saw this man running toward water going toward the boy," Streets said.
David Ragozine, 62, of Bristolville, and his grandson, Niko Fisher, were at the creek when they noticed the youngster walking in the water.
"He was jumping around," Ragozine said. "It was slippery as heck. He was laughing. It was almost like he was taunting us."
It was Fisher who noticed the pre-teen had fallen and heard what was described as gurgling sounds.
"I went into the middle to try to get him," Ragozine said. "I missed him."
Streets ran into the water further down the stream leading to the southern tip of the reservoir and caught the boy.
"He was facedown and floating down the water," Streets said. "I swear I thought I pulled out a lifeless body. The kid was blue. He was not breathing."
Street's wife, who was on the shore, performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, while he conducted chest compressions. The boy regained consciousness.
"It was probably only a minute, but it seemed like forever," Streets said.
Trumbull County 911 received the call about a boy in the water at about 7:06 p.m. Ohio State Parks Officer J.R. Polk arrived a few moments after the two men pulled the boy out of the water.
"He floated 50 feet to 60 feet down the waterway," Polk said. "It is very dangerous. I hope other kids will learn from hearing about this."
The Cortland Fire Department took the pre-teen to a local hospital. His identity was not released.
Bazetta police and fire, and the Trumbull County Sheriff's Office also responded to the emergency phone call.
Ragozine said he was just glad he was there to help get him out of the water.
"If we were not there, I'm not sure he would be alive today.
Streets said he did not feel like a hero.
"I have a 7-year-old son," he said. "I would want someone to do this for him."