December 9, 2004
The backyard pool that helps Brian Brady stay in shape almost took his life.
Brady often swims in place, using weights and a tether to remain stationary.
On Nov. 17, the Queen Creek resident donned a wet suit before starting his routine in the 51 degree pool.
A short time later, his 10-year-old son, Dalton, found him passed out in the water. Hypothermia had set in, and Brady’s body began to shut down, stiffen and turn blue.
"I didn’t feel anything. I went to sleep," Brady said.
Dalton jumped in and pulled Brady to one side of the pool toward a ledge.
Dalton, at 74 pounds, hoisted his father up so that his head was out of the water, then yelled for help.
"I was hoping he wouldn’t die in my arms," Dalton said.
Several coincidences lined up in their favor.
Marci Jasper, who lives just behind the Bradys in Sossaman Estates, heard "the kind of scream that gets a mom’s attention" only because she opened her windows that day. She went out and scaled the 6-foot wall that divides their properties.
Neighbor Carlos Villalobos was home on a rare midweek day off and heard Dalton yelling. Villalobos hopped the wall and yanked Brady out.
On top of that, Dalton started homeschooling that week. The rescue occurred shortly before the fourthgrader’s school bus would have brought him home.
And had Dalton left to call 911 or look for help instead of taking quick action, Brady likely would have died.
"I would be a widow today if Dalton hadn’t been home," said Laurie Brady, who received word of the crisis while at work in Scottsdale.
Paramedics took Brian Brady to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital, where he was hooked up to a ventilator and not expected to live.
About 22 hours later, he walked out of the hospital feeling fairly normal.
"I got home and was crying just to see him," he said of Dalton. "We have this little bond."
Rural/Metro Fire Station 855 and Southwest Ambulance will honor Dalton with a heroism award today.