Anthony Torres, a DoorDash delivery driver and former lifeguard, was cooling off at the McCarren Park pool with his family on Saturday evening when people started screaming about a boy drowning in the pool.
The 37-year-old Brooklyn resident ran to the water’s edge, where he saw the small boy curled up in the fetal position at the bottom.
Torres said nobody – the lifeguards included – made a move to save the boy, so he dove in and pulled the him from the pool.
‘I started yelling for somebody to come and do their job,’ Torres told DailyMail.com, ‘They just were staring at me from the chair, everybody was just staring at me.’
Torres said once he had the boy out of the pool, he placed him on the ground and water started flowing out of his nose and mouth.
The lifeguards then arrived and began to administer CPR for about three minutes before the boy was finally revived.
After the boy came to, Torres said the lifeguards ‘started attacking’ him and told him to ‘go home.’
A member of Torres’ family, who was at the scene, agreed the lifeguards treated him terribly.
‘The lifeguards just attacked him, treated him unfairly and put their hands on him, treated him like he didn’t do a heroic thing. That was their job,’ the family member said.
Through tears Torres described the rescue as ‘traumatic.’
‘I was a lifeguard for two years, I never seen nothing like that. It was a very traumatic experience,’ he said.