In the summertime there’s nothing like taking a refreshing swim in your nearby pool. But a day of swimming nearly turned tragic—until a bystander stepped in and saved even more lives than she expected.
Jennifer Potter is the assistant manager of Brookwood Apartments in the south side of Indianapolis. At around noon on June 6, she was making her usual rounds inspecting the complex.
Everything was in order—until she got to the pool.
Potter heard commotion going on by the water, ran over and saw what was happening:
A 3-year-old boy was drowning.
There were other bystanders yelling for help, and Potter wasted no time in jumping into action.
“[I] took my shoes off while still running and just dove right into the pool and swam straight over,” Potter told WTHR.
But then, she realized the boy wasn’t alone.
The boy’s mother was also drowning.
“[I] then realized there was a mother beneath the little boy,” Potter said.
The fully-clothed mother, who can’t swim, had jumped in after her son been holding him afloat while struggling underwater. Potter managed to save both drowning victims.
“I ended up grabbing both and swimming as fast I could,” she said. “I got a little panicky, I’m not going to lie. I swam to the side.”
Potter’s colleague called 911 and soon emergency services arrived to take care of the boy and mother.
The EMTs who arrived on the scene credited Potter with saving their lives—and delivered some stunning news.
“The EMT came back and said, ‘you actually saved three lives today,'” Potter told RTV6.
The mother was pregnant!
Potter had no idea, but was glad she was there to save the woman in need.
“It was meant to be,” she said. “I was meant to be there yesterday.”
Potter had never saved someone’s life like this before and had no lifeguard training. But the sight of the toddler struggling in the water inspired her to act on instinct.
“I don’t know how I did it,” she told WTHR. “I just reacted and would hope anyone else would do the same as I did.”
“I’d do it all over in a heartbeat, no question,” she added. “It could have been much worse … I’m glad it was a happy ending and we’re all here today.”